Created on 25-02-2008 at 00:00 AM
Lucio had a rough time of it in Sunday’s closely-fought 1-1 draw with HSV, twice requiring treatment in the first half against the robust northerners, but the powerful Bayern defender came away from the contest complaining of nothing more than a bruise or two, and will be available for Wednesday’s titanic German Cup duel with TSV 1860 Munich.
Monday also brought positive news of Martin Demichelis, Lucio’s regular central defensive partner, as the Argentine stopper returned from a ten-day lay-off with a torn hamstring and rejoined the squad training session. “It’s pretty good again already,” he told fcbayern.de after the workout, although Micho may not be risked in the high-stakes midweek fixture.
A question-mark hangs over Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fitness to face the Lions from across Munich, as the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of a calf problem which first cropped up in the build-up to last week’s meeting with Aberdeen. Number two keeper Michael Rensing is also a doubt with a stubborn dose of the flu.
By contrast, Franck Ribéry cut a high-spirited and cheerful figure at Monday training. The Frenchman, out for three weeks with a stretched hamstring, came through a 30-minute substitute appearance against Hamburg unscathed, a run-out which would do him the world of good, according to Oliver Kahn. “He’ll need two or three matches to get back into the swing of things,” the captain said. Ribéry is likely to take the next step towards recovering peak form against the Lions on Wednesday.