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Toni still absent for Karlsruhe clash

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:00 pm

Two days ahead of Bayern's crucial Bundesliga meeting with struggling Karlsruhe, Luca Toni has been ruled out of Saturday's Allianz Arena clash. "We have to be patient for a little while longer," Jürgen Klinsmann informed fcbayern.de.

The overall situation regarding Toni, who has not played for three weeks with an Achilles tendon injury, was "not bad", the Bayern boss reported. "The injury is a lot better, but it's still not 100 percent gone." Toni again missed the squad training session on Thursday, completing a few laps of the practice ground instead. The potent hitman has also withdrawn from the Italy squad for next week's 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Ribéry returns

Meanwhile, Franck Ribéry has prompted "an outbreak of joy" at the Säbener Strasse, according to Klinsmann. The French star, laid up with a shin injury for the last two weeks, resumed the squad schedule three days ago, and now cannot wait for Saturday's league fixture, the coach revealed. "He's completely fit again and desperate to play," Klinsmann confirmed.

With Lukas Podolski the club's solitary fit striker at the present time, Ribéry offers a welcome tactical option for the forward line. "We can have Franck play up front," said Klinsmann, although alternative solutions were available: "We could field five midfielders, or have José Ernesto Sosa play as a withdrawn striker."

Altintop fit to jog

The Argentine shone in the role during last week's trip to Bochum. "José played superbly in Bochum, both in attack and defence," recalled Klinsmann, "when we lost the ball, he tracked back and frequently recovered possession." The coach declined to say whether Sosa might start against Karlsruhe. "Obviously, I'm hoping for a game. The performance in Bochum has given me a real boost," the Argentine commented.

There was further positive news on the selection front this Thursday. Tim Borowski (hamstring) returns to the squad for Saturday, while both Massimo Oddo (shin) and Christian Lell (ankle) reported fit. Hamit Altintop is still sidelined, but was able to resume light exercise and jogging on Thursday.

Breno doubtful

Breno, currently struggling with an ankle injury, was unable to work out on the training ground. The coaching staff would observe Friday's final pre-match session before deciding whether to include the Brazilian in the squad, Klinsmann said.
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