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Toni resumes squad training programme

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Toni resumes squad training programme

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:30 pm

Luca Toni is back: the Italian hitman completed the FCB team training drills for the first time in four and a half weeks on Monday. The Bayern striker has finally shaken off a persistent Achilles injury, and also a recent bout of gastroenteritis. "I'm feeling good," Toni told after an hour and a half on the practice ground. "I'm just delighted I'm finally back in training with the team."

Jürgen Klinsmann was equally pleased, saying his initial impression of Toni was "very, very positive. It's obvious he's worked extremely hard in Bologna and that the week away has done him good," the FCB coach remarked. The striker went to Bologna with rehab coach Thomas Wilhelmi for a spell of intensive regeneration and recovery work. "He's not feeling any more pain," Klinsmann reported on Monday.

Klinsmann relying on Toni

But will the goal-getter be fit in time for Saturday's crunch trip to Wolfsburg? "Yes," Toni told Klinsmann was also "very confident" the Italian would feature in the game. "This is a crucial match in the battle for the title. We definitely want him with us," the boss said, describing Toni as "a very, very important component" in the Bavarians' tactical plan. "He's the kind of player who makes a difference. He has physical presence, mental strength and a nose for goal."

After giving the players the weekend off, Klinsmann will now supervise six training sessions before his side set out to do battle with the Wolves, dead level with Bayern in the standings. However, the eight internationals currently away on World Cup qualifying duty will not return until Thursday or Friday.

Keeper Kraft back in action

The squad members still in Munich will undertake a mixture of fitness and football training, Klinsmann informed Monday's programme opened with exercises using the elastic ropes and weights, before a series of close control routines with or without goals, and using standard sized and miniature goal frames.

Four weeks after breaking his jaw, number three keeper Thomas Kraft returned to the training ground considerably earlier than originally expected. "My goal is to play at the weekend," he told The Bayern reserves, Kraft's regular team, take on Munich suburban outfit Unterhaching this Saturday.

Altintop back soon

Both Miroslav Klose (ankle surgery) and Hamit Altintop (torn muscle) continue to work their way back to full fitness. The former is currently reporting for daily physiotherapy and can only train using his upper body. The latter is back out on the practice ground, restoring peak fitness levels after a three-week lay-off. By next week, Altintop is hoping to share the feelings of relief and exhilaration already experienced by Toni on Monday, occasioned by a return to the squad programme.
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