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‘It’s looking good’

Toni set to return, Ribéry making progress

Last season’s leading scorer Luca Toni is rated highly likely to make his first appearance of the season when Bayern travel to face Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this Saturday. Speaking to on Monday, coach Jürgen Klinsmann expressed confidence that the World Cup winner would be fit for the league clash, as he has now completed the full squad training programme for more than a week.

“It’s looking very good for Luca,” commented Klinsmann, “we’re hopeful he’ll be with us on Saturday, and things will look a lot different in that case.” Tim Borowski, who came on as a second-half sub against Hamburg last Friday after shaking off a knee ligament injury, is also picking up fitness, Klinsmann reported. “Tim’s coming along nicely too.”

Ribery restarting

The same applies to Franck Ribéry, currently working his way back from the serious ankle ligament tear which ended his Euro 2008 after barely more than one match. “He should be able to begin a little light jogging at the weekend,” Klinsmann explained. The German Footballer of the Year will hope to resume the squad programme and finally make his first appearance of term as soon as possible after that. “It’ll be a question of weeks and not months,” the head coach said.

Klinsmann felt his team had suffered in Friday’s 2-2 draw with HSV due to the loss of Toni, Ribéry, Martin Demichelis, Hamit Altintop and the like. “Obviously we missed their considerable presence. Just having them in the team earns you respect,” the 44-year-old argued. “But it is the way it is, and we have to make the best of every situation.”