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Sagnol resumes training, Ribéry making progress

A week ahead of the first competitive fixture of the new campaign, when Bayern travel to face third division Rot-Weiß Erfurt in the DFB German Cup first round, the injury situation at the club is showing signs of improvement. Following a night’s rest after Friday’s return from Japan, coach Jürgen Klinsmann supervised the entire squad in training at the Säbener Strasse, with the exception of Olympic participants José Sosa and Breno, and number three keeper Thomas Kraft, in action for the reserves later in the day.

A crowd of around 1,500 gathered on the first day of the Bavarian school holidays to watch the stars complete a punishing workout in scorching summer temperatures. The squad included Willy Sagnol, who was forced to sit out Thursday’s 4-2 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds in Tokyo with an Achilles problem. The Frenchman reported no reaction to the complaint on Saturday.

On the ball

Summer signings Hans Jörg Butt (sprain) and Tim Borowski (knee ligaments) were still restricted to working out in the fitness room, although the pair did later emerge onto the training ground for a few light exercises with the ball. Both will report to the medical unit at the start of next week, when likely dates for a return to the full squad programme will be set.

The same applies to World Cup winner Luca Toni, also a regular in the fitness room since the emergence of a calf problem last week. “You don’t mess with sprained muscles,” FCB general manager Uli Hoeneß was quoted as saying in the Bild tabloid. “I can’t imagine Luca will be available to play Erfurt in the Cup. I reckon he won’t be back until the Bundesliga restart against Hamburg at the earliest,“ the board director continued.

No heavyweight

Franck Ribéry will definitely have to wait a little longer for his first outing of the new term. Six weeks after sustaining ankle ligament damage at Euro 2008, the France star went under the knife again on Thursday for the removal of a surgical screw. The op was successful and Ribéry has begun a programme of rehab training, where the intensity will be increased according to the speed of his recovery. Hoeneß expects the midfielder to return in “late August, early September. Franck always recovers relatively quickly. He’s not a heavyweight, he’s a flea.”