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Bayern fired up for Karlsruhe trip

Two weeks after a 3-3 home draw with VfL Bochum, Bayern embark on a crucial spell of seven games in 22 days with an away trip to Karlsruher SC, determined to improve on their patchy Bundesliga form to date. “After the disappointment against Bochum and the defeats to Bremen and Hannover, it’s time we put points on the board and started moving up the table,” demanded coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

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Current form: The teams are level on points, with FCB in eleventh, one place ahead of KSC on goal difference. Karlsruhe appear to have overcome the pre-season loss of influential duo Tamas Hajnal (to Borussia Dortmund) and Mario Eggimann (Hannover 96) with a run of three victories on the bounce (one in the Cup), whereas Bayern have not won their last three Bundesliga outings, a series Klinsmann’s men aim to remedy on Saturday.

Team news: All Bayern’s internationals returned to Munich without new injury worries. Klinsmann’s only confirmed absentees are Willy Sagnol, Hamit Altintop and Christian Lell, who is training again but is not yet fully recovered from a pulled hamstring. For the home side, Andreas Görlitz – on loan to KSC from Bayern - makes a first squad appearance of term but will not start. Stefano Celozzi, a summer arrival in Karlsruhe from the Bayern reserves, will again stand in for Görlitz. “I’m totally happy with Stefano,” commented KSC coach Edmund Becker, who also expects playmaker Da Silva (ankle) to be fit. Joshua Kennedy only returned from Australia duty on Friday morning but will play. Christian Timm is out with gastric flu.