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Fit-again Klose set for return in Bochum

As Mark van Bommel demonstrated on Saturday, a weekend without Bundesliga fixtures can provide a useful opportunity to catch up on family commitments. The midfielder’s father-in-law Bert van Marwijk, coach at current Dutch league leaders Feyenoord Rotterdam, is currently spending time with his daughter and son-in-law in Munich. The former Dortmund boss called by the Säbener Straße on Saturday to observe Mark and his Bayern team-mates train.

“We gave our players the weekend off, so I took the opportunity to visit my family in Munich. I don’t get the chance very often,“ Van Marwijk told The respected coach described himself as “very pleased” with Feyenoord’s start to the campaign, and the form of ex-Bayern striker Roy Makaay, who has contributed five goals and four assists to the Rotterdam outfit’s 16 goals so far.

Klose making good progress

Miroslav Klose, one of Makaay’s immediate successors in Munich, boasts equally impressive personal statistics. In seven appearances so far, Klose has amassed a sensational eight goals and four assists – and if Saturday’s workout is any guide, the Germany international appears to be recovering well from a recent injury, and may have the chance to increase his tally when Bayern travel to face VfL Bochum next weekend.

Klose returned to the training ground for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in the league visit to Leverkusen on 29 September. “It was a test of his fitness. He managed the programme well and I think he’ll play a full part again on Tuesday,“ reported assistant coach Michael Henke after supervising Saturday’s session in the absence of head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on business in Switzerland.

Demanding programme

Klose could be joined in the squad for the Bochum clash by Jose Sosa, after the Argentine schemer completed a full week back in training following a long injury lay-off. By contrast, Brazil star Zé Roberto was still absent on Saturday. “He’s got a bad dose of the flu and it’s pretty much knocked him flat,“ reported Henke, hoping a weekend off would enable Ze to shake off the illness.

Despite the reduced numbers for training with ten players away on international duty, Henke declared himself pleased with the work achieved in recent days: “We’ve been working very hard. I think the players who’ve been here will benefit from that over the coming weeks.“ The next session has been set for Tuesday: “We’re having two days off now for mental and physical regeneration.“ The perfect chance indeed for footballing families such as the Van Bommel/Van Mawijks to enjoy time together even during the bustle of the season.