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Lucio rated doubtful

Defensive options running low for Barca clash

Bayern have been hit by a new crop of injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg away to Barcelona. Centre-half Lucio returned to Munich from the Bundesliga defeat to Wolfsburg complaining of a pulled muscle, and could miss the midweek clash at Camp Nou.

The Brazilian sat out the first team warm-down at the Säbener Strasse on Sunday morning, reporting to the medical unit for treatment instead. The precise extent of the injury is not yet known. “We don’t know whether it could mean a long lay-off,” commented Jürgen Klinsmann. The injury was not caused by a heavy Edin Dzeko tackle midway through the first half, which left the stopper requiring a lengthy spell of treatment on the sidelines. Lucio strained the muscle while stretching for a loose ball in the second half, Klinsmann reported. The Brazilian was substituted after 67 minutes.

Altintop back in training

The situation means Bayern may only have Martin Demichelis and Breno fit and available at centre-half in midweek, as Daniel van Buyten remains with his family in Belgium. “Daniel is on compassionate leave for as long as he thinks necessary. It’s a family matter and it takes absolute priority over football,” Klinsmann explained.

Franck Ribéry (foot) and Philipp Lahm (calf) also came away from Saturday’s 5-1 defeat with minor injuries, but neither is expected to be sidelined for long. “Franck and Philipp are fine,” said Klinsmann, also announcing Hamit Altintop’s return to the squad programme. The Turkey international is fully fit again after rupturing a muscle and completed last Friday’s squad session without any adverse reaction.