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Bruised ribs ‘too painful’

Luca Toni ruled out of Wolfsburg clash

Bayern have been hit by another injury setback in the run-up to Saturday’s Bundesliga meeting with VfL Wolfsburg. With Philipp Lahm already sidelined for four weeks with a partial fracture of the tarsal bone, Luca Toni has now been ruled out of the weekend clash. The striker suffered bruised ribs in last week’s 1-0 league victory away to Karlsruher SC, and aggravated the injury during the 3-0 Champions League triumph at home to Fiorentina in midweek.

Coach Jürgen Klinsmann hopes the Italian World Cup winner will have shaken off the problem in time to resume the squad programme at the start of next week. Apart from Lahm and Toni, the champions are definitely without Hamit Altintop (rehab training after surgery) and Willy Sagnol (Achilles). However, Christian Lell is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring strain.

Podolski standing by

“I played until the pain became unbearable,” Toni remarked after Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with the Viola, for whom he scored 47 goals in 67 matches from 2005 to 2007. Toni, who lasted an hour of the midweek match, had a hand in both Bayern’s first-half goals.

“It was the right call to make way for a player in better shape than myself,” the Italian reflected after giving way to Lukas Podolski on 57 minutes. Podolski is the hot favourite to line up alongside Miroslav Klose in the Munich forward line against Wolfsburg.