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Heynckes hopes Klose makes rapid return

With the Bundesliga campaign approaching its climax, Bayern caretaker coach Jupp Heynckes is hoping injured striker Miroslav Klose will be fit to play again soon. “You only succeed across an entire season when you have alternatives up front,” Heynckes declared on Friday prior to the final squad training session for Saturday’s home meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

After undergoing an ankle operation some six weeks ago, Klose was able to begin a programme of running and jogging last Wednesday. “He says he’s made extremely good progress, and that he’s disappointed he can’t do more than jog, work out on the exercise bike, and be tormented by the fitness coaches,” Heynckes reported after speaking to the 30-year-old.

Two up front

The 63-year-old coach expressed hopes that Klose “might be able to do some work with the ball by the middle of next week.” The Germany star, the second-highest league scorer at the club on ten goals behind Luca Toni (12), would provide another option in attack, the coach continued, and also allow the introduction of “a super-sub, a class act” if a match situation demanded it.

At the present time, Heynckes’ choice is restricted to Toni and Lukas Podolski, the only fit strikers in the senior squad. One further option is Thomas Müller, just 20 years of age and not a full member of the first team roster, but who has already netted 15 goals in the third division this term as an attacking midfielder for the reserves. In the five remaining Bundesliga fixtures, Heynckes says he will revert to a two-man front line. “I don’t like playing with a lone striker, unless there’s really no alternative.”