Created on 26-08-2007 at 00:00 AM
Luca Toni celebrates his goals with a trademark gesture, raising his right hand to his ear. "Let's hear it, I've just scored," the Italian appears to be saying, but the big number nine abandoned his usual routine after his opening goal on Saturday against Hannover 96.
Toni only briefly raised his hand to his ear, before coming to a halt on the touchline with a hand clasped to his right thigh and a grimace of pain written across his features. In the immediate wake of Luca's jubilant fellow players, club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt rushed over and quizzed the goalscorer, before the hitman accepted the inevitable and exited the match a minute later.
Praise for Wagner
Reserve Sandro Wagner came on and turned in a creditable display as Toni's stand-in. "I'm delighted for Sandro Wagner. He's made enormous progress in recent weeks," coach Ottmar Hitzfeld told the post-match media conference.
But what was the news of Luca Toni? Hitzfeld was able to deliver immediate reassurance. "It's nothing too serious. He's stretched a hamstring,“ the Bayern boss announced. The Italian World Cup winner has been ordered to rest for seven to ten days and is thus rated doubtful for Bayern's Bundesliga trip to Hamburg next Sunday. "It'll be a close run thing," Hitzfeld confirmed. Toni is also a doubt for the Italians' meeting with France in the week after that.
Klose poised to return
A question-mark remains over the timing of Miroslav Klose's comeback from a ligament strain. "Miro Klose will probably be fit to train again by Thursday,“ Hitzfeld remarked, emphasising that this was a pre-condition for the striker playing any role in the Hamburg clash.
Marcell Jansen (ankle) and José Sosa (back) are also due back in training on Thursday. "We should have far more alternatives towards the end of next week,“ Hitzfeld commented. The subs' bench for the Hannover match featured just four fit outfield players, but the situation ought to be a lot less critical for the forthcoming fixture in Hamburg, especially with Lukas Podolski also close to resuming squad duty. Like all his team-mates, he would doubtless appreciate seeing Toni's trademark goal celebration in full next weekend.