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Ribéry resumes squad programme

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:00 pm

On a day of positive news from the Bayern medical unit, Frank Ribéry completed the full squad training programme for the first time in two weeks, and could now feature in Saturday's home Bundesliga meeting with Karlsruher SC. "We're assuming Franck will be fit to play," general manager Uli Hoeneß told Bavarian TV on Monday evening. Ribéry sustained a painful shin injury in the Cup defeat to Leverkusen on 4 March and has not featured competitively since then.
Toni jogging again

Tuesday also brought good news of Luca Toni. The Italian, sidelined for the last four weeks with a nagging Achilles tendon injury, managed a full session of jogging and running on Tuesday. Supervised by fitness coach Thomas Wilhelmi, the 31-year-old completed a long series of laps around the Säbener Straße practice facility.

Last season's leading scorer in the Bundesliga will now increase the training burden gradually on a day-to-day basis. The striker spent Tuesday afternoon working out in the weights room. Toni is expected to be fit enough for the squad programme in a matter of days.

Klose injury a setback

However, Toni remains very doubtful for Saturday's league encounter. "I hope Luca can play again soon, if not on Saturday, then at least the game after that," Hoeneß remarked. After the Karlsruhe match, the Bundesliga enters a two-week break for international matches. Bayern resume the domestic programme on 4 April with a tricky away fixture against VfL Wolfsburg, currently level on points with the champions.

With Miroslav Klose out for six weeks following ankle surgery, and in the event Toni cannot play against Karlsruhe, Lukas Podolski would be the only fit striker at the club. "We were hit hard by the news about Klose. Miro was in great shape. The seriousness of the injury and the six-week lay-off are a real blow," Hoeneß acknowledged.

Options up front

However, Hoeneß and his fellow board directors believe the club has sufficient cover in the forward line. "There's Lukas Podolski, who's made a big contribution to our improved consistency in recent weeks. And young Thomas Müller has emerged as our number four striker. We believe he has what it takes to make it at Bayern, so I'm not worried in the slightest," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted as saying in the tz newspaper.

Hoeneß himself feels Bayern can "compensate to a degree" for the loss of the two first-choice goal-getters, at least for the time being. Last week's 3-0 win in Bochum was achieved without Toni and, after the first half-hour, Klose. "Franck can operate behind the front man, Lukas Podolski has come on well, and there's Thomas Müller too. We're perfectly able to cope with the situation, although obviously we can't afford anything else to happen," Hoeneß summarised.
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