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Van Buyten ruled out

Breno and Lucio at centre-back in Wolfsburg

Breno is unlikely ever to forget the fourth of May last year. On matchday 31 of the previous season, the centre-half made his Bundesliga debut after 73 minutes of Bayern’s trip to Wolfsburg, where the 19-year-old Brazilian played his part in securing the goalless draw which sealed his club’s 21st league triumph with three games to spare.

Exactly 11 months later, Breno will be part of the Bayern squad for this season’s visit to Wolfsburg. And in advance of the showdown between the sides dead level in second, one fact is already clear: Breno will again grace the VW Arena turf. However, on this occasion, the defender will start the game.

Rapidly up to speed

“As Micho and Daniel are out, it’s a chance for Breno,” coach Jürgen Klinsmann exclusively told on Friday. Martin Demichelis, who only returned to Munich from World Cup qualifying duty with Argentina late on Friday afternoon, is in any case suspended at the weekend after collecting five yellow cards this term. Daniel van Buyten remains on compassionate leave in his home country of Belgium. The centre-half pulled out of his country’s two matches last week for family reasons.

That means Brazilian duo Lucio and Breno form the champions’ centre-back pairing on Saturday against the Wolves’ potent front two of Grafite and Dzeko, responsible for 31 of their club’s 52 goals this term. Klinsmann remained upbeat about the stand-in defender’s ability to cope, despite the tough task awaiting him. “Regardless of when and where we throw him on, he gets on with it straight away. It’s an opportunity for him to show what he’s made of.”

Badstuber and Müller in squad

In any case, Breno possesses “extraordinary talent,” the FCB coach continued, praising the youngster’s positional sense and pace: “No-one ever leaves him for dead. I have no problem or concern about playing him in such an important game.” Furthermore, Lucio would act as “a father figure” to guide and support the gifted youth.

“Despite the absentees, we’ll put out a competitive side,” declared Klinsmann, who apart from Demichelis and Van Buyten is also without the injured Miroslav Klose and Hamit Altintop. Young hopefuls Holger Badstuber and Thomas Müller from coach Hermann Gerland’s third division reserve squad have been called up to the seniors for the Wolfsburg trip.