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New names added to casualty list

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:48 pm


With the German Cup first round tie away to Wacker Burghausen fast approaching, the medical unit at the Säbener Strasse continues to work overtime after two new names were added to the injury roster following Tuesday evening's friendly trip to 1. FC Köln.

<b>Daniel van Buyten</b> pulled a muscle and was substituted at half time. "We don't yet know how long he'll be out," Ottmar Hitzfeld remarked, although the Belgian is rated doubtful for the Cup clash. <b>Marcell Jansen</b> came on for the second half but left the field just a quarter of an hour later after a blow to the arm, causing a nerve to become trapped. "It's painful," Hitzfeld reported, although the Germany man is expected back in training on Friday.

<b>Long lay-off for Hummels</b>

Youngster <b>Mats Hummels</b> faces a longer spell on the sidelines after turning an ankle at his home on Monday. "I slipped on the stairs," the crestfallen 18-year-old told <b></b>, "I'll be in plaster for ten days after the swelling subsides." Hummels will be unavailable for the next two months.

There was positive news of <b>Lukas Podolski</b> when the striker was given the green light to resume work on the practice ground. Poldi reported to rehab coach Thomas Wilhelmi on Wednesday afternoon for a first few laps of the facility since undergoing knee surgery in late April. "It's all OK again," he informed <b></b>, although no date has been set for the Germany star to resume the full squad programme.

<b>Ribéry and Klose still doubtful</b>

Hitzfeld described <b>Franck Ribéry</b> (knee) and <b>Miroslav Klose</b> (shoulder) as "still doubtful" for next Monday's Cup encounter. The pair completed a tailored rehab session on Wednesday. "They're heading in the right direction," the coach observed, hoping to see the deadly duo back in training "on Friday or Saturday."

<b>Luca Toni</b> is set to resume the full first-team schedule this week after three weeks out with a knee ligament problem, but <b>Jan Schlaudraff</b> (back surgery) and <b>Willy Sagnol</b> (knee surgery) both rate as long-term absentees.

<b>Hitzfeld relaxed</b>

Hitzfeld remains unfazed by the crop of minor injuries appearing at the end of pre-season. "It's not a problem," the General insisted, "there will be times during the season when we can't put out our best team."

A positive conclusion to the day's injury news was provided by birthday boy <b>Bastian Schweinsteiger</b>, rested in Cologne on Tuesday and by his own admission still not fully fit after an attack of Lyme's disease, but working hard in the weights room and with four weeks' team training behind him. "And the knee's fine again," he reported.

<b>Hungry for success</b>

Schweini described "full health" as top of his wish list for his 23rd birthday on Wednesday, but also named sporting ambitions in the same breath. "We're up for it, we want wins and successes, and we want to make a start on Monday."
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