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Injury misery grows as Demichelis sidelined

Just four days ahead of the first competitive match of the new campaign, Bayern are battling with a worsening injury situation. With Franck Ribéry, Luca Toni, Willy Sagnol, Tim Borowski and Hans Jörg Butt already on the sidelines, Wednesday brought the latest “horror news,” as Jürgen Klinsmann informed Argentine centre-back Martin Demichelis will be out of action for at least two weeks with a calf injury. “It could be three or four weeks depending on how the recovery process goes,” Klinsmann warned, “slowly but surely, it’s getting tight.“

Demichelis will miss the weekend DFB German Cup tie away to Erfurt and the official Bundesliga restart fixture at home to Hamburger SV the following Friday. “It’s something we’ve got to swallow,” commented Klinsmann. Demichelis will begin rehab training on Thursday. “We’ll do everything we can to avoid his fitness level dropping too much,” the head coach advised.

Seven non-starters

Demichelis sustained the injury during Tuesday evening’s Franz Beckenbauer Cup meeting with Inter Milan. The Argentina stopper, forced to hobble off on 22 minutes following a collision with Milan striker Adriano, received the unwelcome diagnosis from the FCB medical unit the following morning, before making his way to the performance centre on crutches and personally informing the coaching staff.

The double winners are therefore definitely without seven senior players for the trip to Rot-Weiß Erfurt on Sunday. Apart from Demichelis, Ribéry (ankle ligaments), Sagnol (Achilles tendon), Butt (sprain), Borowski (knee), Sosa and Breno (Olympic duty) are all non-starters. Furthermore, Luca Toni (calf) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (flu) are rated doubtful.

Borowski returns

“Bastian might be able to play on Sunday. It depends on his state of health,” commented Klinsmann. The midfielder sat out the Franz Beckenbauer Cup clash, “but he looked fresh again this morning.“ Schweinsteiger duly took part in Wednesday’s team training session.

Borowski also resumed the squad programme after a twelve-day lay-off. “But this weekend is too early for him,” Klinsmann remarked, “I don’t want Tim coming back too quickly.“ However, Borowski could be a contender for the Hamburg fixture in the Bundesliga on 15 August.