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FCB depart for Spain without Van Buyten

Daniel van Buyten was not part of the Bayern party which set off from Munich on Tuesday lunchtime for the Champions League quarter-final first leg away to Barcelona. The centre-back returned to his home country of Belgium a few hours earlier for family reasons. Daniel had briefly rejoined his team-mates from a spell of compassionate leave the previous day.

In the absence of the injured Lucio, and with Martin Demichelis and Breno the only recognised central defenders available for selection, coach Jürgen Klinsmann added talented youngster Holger Badstuber from the FCB reserves to his senior squad.

"We're missing a few players, but we'll still send out a competitive side capable of holding its own against Barcelona," commented Klinsmann, who is also without Miroslav Klose after the striker underwent surgery on a foot injury. On the plus side, Hamit Altintop has reported fit from a calf strain and returns to the squad.