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Klose at least three weeks on the sidelines

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:37 pm

02.10.2007

Bayern will have to do without Miroslav Klose as well in Thursday’s UEFA Cup return leg against Belenenses in Lisbon. He will definitely be out, and probably against Nürnberg and for the German national team too,” Ottmar Hitzfeld said on Tuesday. The Bayern coach is resigned to his top striker needing “at least three weeks” to recover.

After Oliver Kahn, who on Tuesday flew to the United States to undergo an operation on his right elbow by specialists from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Klose is the second key member of the team to be ruled out for the next few weeks. “They are two important players for Bayern, both on and off the field,” said Franck Ribéry, expressing dismay at the absence of the team captain and the Bundesliga’s current leading scorer.

<B>Schweinsteiger out of training session</B>

Both players were injured during last Saturday’s game in Leverkusen. Kahn had to pull out during the warm-up, while Klose had to be substituted after he aggravated in a tackle an injury to his calf suffered two months earlier against Bremen. “It’s important that this persistent injury clears up properly,” Hitzfeld said.

The Bayern coach has even more availability worries as he prepares for the crucial UEFA Cup tie in Portugal, with Mark van Bommel and Bastian Schweinsteiger also in doubt for the match in the Estadio do Restelo. Schweinsteiger himself had to abandon Tuesday’s team training session with a calf problem. “I just hope he can play on Thursday,” Hitzfeld said.

<B>Ottl waits in the wings</B>

Van Bommel is still struggling with an injury to his little toe and again had to sit out training on Tuesday. “Probably he will be able to resume training tomorrow,” Hitzfeld said. “If not, Andi Ottl will play.”

Fortunately there appear to have been no serious repercussions from the minor training mishap suffered by Lukas Podolski, who slightly twisted the upper ankle of his right foot in a tackle on Monday. As a precaution the German international striker did not take part in training on Tuesday, but he should be fit for the final training session in Lisbon.

<B>Hitzfeld has faith in his squad players</B>

Young professional Toni Kroos and amateur Sandro Wagner will be flying to Portugal with the squad. “I would have no qualms about playing him from the start,” Hitzfeld said in an interview with <B>FCB.tv</B> of Kroos, who made his Bundesliga debut just a week ago.

Nevertheless, the numerous injuries have done nothing to sap the confidence of the Bayern coach ahead of the match against Belenenses. “If one player drops out, it’s an opportunity for someone else who’s sitting on the bench and is desperate to play,” he said. However, he declined to disclose how Bayern would line up in attack in Klose’s absence. “I want to leave that open,” he said.

<i>Report for <b>fcbayern.de</B> by Nikolaus Heindl</i>
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