Created on 14-08-2007 at 00:00 AM
On the eve of the Franz Beckenbauer Cup clash with Barcelona, the Bayern medical unit reported a mix of good and bad news. To get the bad news out of the way: Jose Ernesto Sosa is definitely sidelined for the meeting with the Spanish giants, with Miroslav Klose rated doubtful.
Klose sat out Tuesday training with a stretched tendon in his foot, and a question-mark now hangs over his fitness for both the Barcelona meeting and Saturday's showdown with the striker's former club Werder Bremen. "He'll have another medical," coach Ottmar Hitzfeld reported.
Poldi back in business
The General is definitely without Sosa against Barcelona as the Argentine is struggling with an ankle problem and can neither train nor play at the present time. "He won't be involved tomorrow," Hitzfeld confirmed, and the newcomer is also uncertain to feature on Saturday.
Tuesday brought good news too as Lukas Podolski trained with the team for the first time since surgery on a knee problem in late April, although the striker has not set a date for a return to match action. "Getting fit is all that matters for the moment," Poldi told fcbayern.de. The youngster joined Luca Toni for a stamina-building jog after Tuesday's official workout.
Ismael nears comeback
Valérien Ismael also had an operation in late April, a second round of surgery on a double fracture of the leg. The Barcelona match could see the Frenchman make his long-awaited comeback, a year to the day since his horrific training ground injury. "My gut feel is that tomorrow could be the night,“ he told fcbayern.de.
Ismael requires a final OK from the club doctor, but is confident of being given the green light. "I can run, jump and shoot without any trouble," he declared, after completing the full squad programme over the last few weeks.
Hummels out of plaster
Willy Sagnol, Jan Schlaudraff and Mats Hummels remain a little further off in terms of comebacks. Sagnol (knee surgery) spent Tuesday in a series of rehab exercises supervised by specialist coach Thomas Wilhelmi and fitness expert Zvonko Komes, while Schlaudraff (back) worked out in the weights room.
Hummels, who unluckily tore ankle ligaments in an accident at home, is back on his feet after a cast was removed on Monday, although he will be wearing a surgical shoe for the next four weeks. "I'll be fit to play again at some point in October," he informed fcbayern.de.