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Toni 'very doubtful'

Ribery to start, Klose a candidate in Hamburg

Luca Toni is doubtful, Miroslav Klose could yet feature and Franck Ribery has been cleared to play in Sunday’s away fixture against Hamburger SV as the injury situation at Bayern continues to improve.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will now definitely field Ribery in the north v south clash. “He can play,” the boss confirmed following a closed training session at the Säbener Strasse on Friday. Miroslav Klose also looks set to feature in the long-running Bundesliga classic this weekend.

Klose in much better shape

“It’s looking good,” Hitzfeld stated. Klose strained a knee ligament early in Bayern’s 4-0 away win over Bremen two weeks ago and is still not in peak condition for shooting and sprinting, “but I think I’m in much better shape,” the World Cup top scorer declared.

However, Hitzfeld described Klose’s designated strike partner Luca Toni as “very, very doubtful” after the lanky Italian was unable to train with the squad on Friday. Bayern coach will not risk the goal-getter in Hamburg unless he is able to play a full part in Saturday’s final pre-match workout.

Jansen not yet fit

Argentine schemer José Sosa could feature in the Bundesliga for the first time since opening day after shaking off an attack of lumbago, but Marcell Jansen (ankle) will not recover fitness in time for the Hamburg clash. The Germany star, named in the national squad for the Euro 2008 qualifier in Wales and a home meeting with Romania, is again likely to be replaced by Christian Lell.

Friday training did not pass without an unsettling moment for Hitzfeld when centre-half Lucio took a knock on the foot in a tackle and broke off the session. “I’m assuming he’ll still be fit to play,” Hitzfeld reassured reporters a little later.