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Toni doubtful for Fiorentina

Striker in pain from bruised ribs

Bayern striker Luca Toni is in danger of missing out on Tuesday’s reunion with his former club AC Fiorentina. With just two days to go until the Champions League clash in Munich, the World Cup winner was forced to sit out Sunday’s FCB squad training programme after sustaining painful bruising to the ribs in the previous afternoon’s Bundesliga victory away to Karlsruhe.

“We’ll take each day as it comes. Obviously, we’re hoping he’s fit to face his former club. He’s totally fired up for the match,” commented Bayern boss Jürgen Klinsmann on Sunday. Toni, substituted after 40 minutes of the 1-0 win in Karlsruhe, will receive intensive treatment right up until kick-off on Tuesday.

Race against time

The 31-year-old is now in a race against time to be fit for the European showdown, but Franck Ribéry and Miroslav Klose, both substituted with minor injuries in Saturday’s league fixture, are expected to recover in time to face the men from Florence.

Victory over the Italians would see Bayern take a giant stride towards the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League. “The game is a huge chance for us to plant one foot firmly in the next round,” observed Klinsmann. “We’re really looking forward to the challenge, although we know it’ll be very tough.“