Created on 01-04-2008 at 00:00 AM
Forty-eight hours ahead of Bayern’s UEFA Cup quarter-final first leg meeting with Getafe CF, the injury situation at the Munich club has shown only slight improvement. Lukas Podolski (swollen ankle) resumed the team training programme on Tuesday and Miroslav Klose also reported fit from a strained stomach muscle, but Mark van Bommel is doubtful for Thursday’s showdown.
“He’s very much in danger of missing out,” Ottmar Hitzfeld revealed in an FCB.tv interview, after the midfielder reported to the medical unit with flu symptoms on Tuesday morning. The probable loss of the Dutch ace, who joined Bayern from Barcelona, would be “a shame,” Hitzfeld commented. “He’s always fired up against Spanish teams. His determination on the field of play makes him one of our most important players.“
Hitzfeld can definitely count on Martin Demichelis for the European clash. The Argentine, who returned from a friendly against Egypt last week with a black eye and sat out Saturday’s meeting with Nürnberg, “has been passed fit to play on Thursday,” the coach announced.
Hitzfeld has yet to decide on the composition of his forward line against the Spanish top flight outfit. With both Klose and Podolski ready to play, the General has the luxury of choice in nominating Luca Toni’s strike partner. “I’m going to leave the question of who plays on Thursday open,” the coach confirmed.
Klose or Podolski?
Podolski is well in the running to start after scoring for both club and country last week. “Lukas has fought his way into contention over the last few matches. He’s come on and made an impact, which is what I want to see. The man who comes on as a sub needs to score occasionally too,” Hitzfeld remarked, although he also praised Klose’s recent displays.
Willy Sagnol will be obliged to wait considerably longer for another start. After recovering from a slipped disc in the neck area, the France right-back continued his rehab programme on Tuesday. “He’s been unable to do anything for 17 or 18 days and he’s fallen a long way behind now,” Hitzfeld reported, “he needs a period of intensive training to bring him back to where the rest of the team are now.”