Created on 01-09-2007 at 00:00 AM
Bayern will definitely be without Luca Toni for Sunday’s big match away to Hamburger SV. “We’re not taking him with us,” boss Ottmar Hitzfeld declared after Saturday’s final training session at the Säbener Strasse. The Italian striker was again unable to take part in the squad workout.
A decision on Toni’s fitness for Italy’s Euro 2008 qualifying showdown against France in Milan next Saturday will be taken on Monday. “He’ll have another medical with Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt, and we’ll see what can be done," Hitzfeld told fcbayern.de.
Toni stretched a hamstring in the act of scoring the opening goal in Bayern’s 3-0 victory over Hannover 96 last weekend. Hitzfeld initially held out hopes of the 30-year-old resuming the squad programme on Thursday or Friday this week, but the striker proved unable to shake off the problem.
On a more positive note, Miroslav Klose is set to make a comeback. “Yes, Miro will play,“ Hitzfeld confirmed. The Germany international sat out the win over Hannover with a knee ligament strain, but rejoined his team-mates for training on Thursday.
'Poldi' as super sub
Klose is likely to start as a lone striker in Hamburg, supported by a three-pronged attacking midfield comprising Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Hamit Altintop. “Why should I? I have ten other team-mates," Klose replied dryly when asked by reporters if he would miss having Toni at his side.
Lukas Podolski will be hoping for a run-out as a substitute after taking his place in the Bundesliga matchday squad for the first time since beginning a four-month lay-off in April. José Sosa (back) also boarded the plane to Hamburg on Saturday after ten days on the sidelines with injury.