Created on 18-09-2007 at 00:00 AM
Bayern could yet be without Luca Toni in Thursday’s UEFA Cup opener at home to Belenenses. “I’m not at 100 percent yet. A decision on whether I’m fit to play will be taken on Wednesday,” the Italian told Tuesday’s daily news conference at the Säbener Strasse.
Toni was unable to complete the full squad training programme earlier in the day, and set off on a long run instead. “One thing is for certain: I’ll only play if I’m fully fit, otherwise it makes no sense,” the striker continued, “the worst thing would be another injury setback.“
Toni pulled out of his country’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine last week, but had recovered sufficiently from a niggling pulled hamstring to start Bayern’s meeting with Schalke last Saturday.
The club medical unit is working overtime to get the hitman fit in time for the European tie, as fellow forward Miroslav Klose is ineligible for the meeting with the Portuguese Cup finalists. Klose, serving a one-match ban carried over from Werder Bremen’s UEFA Cup campaign last season, is likely to be replaced by Lukas Podolski.
Injured trio report fit
Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld is definitely without long-term casualties Willy Sagnol, José Sosa and Philipp Lahm, but Mark van Bommel, Christian Lell and Lucio all resumed training on Tuesday and are expected to feature in Thursday’s match.