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Ribéry poised to return

Klose reports fit for Neckarelz clash

Around a thousand fans turned up at the Säbener Strasse on Friday morning to witness Bayern's final public training session of pre-season, the last chance for fine-tuning ahead of Sunday's DFB Cup first round visit to Neckarelz. The spectators soon saw why FCB head coach Louis van Gaal was in a good mood: Miroslav Klose reported fit.

The striker, sidelined for a spell with flu, reported to assistant coach Hermann Gerland for a solo workout, including plenty of work with the ball at his feet. Afterwards, the Germany international declared himself fit for the cup meeting with the sixth-tier side.

X-ray for Müller, Ottl injured

Thomas Müller has also been passed fit to play following treatment after an opponent trod on his hand in Thursday evening's Audi Cup final against Manchester United. The youngster had an x-ray on Friday, "and nothing's broken," a relieved Müller reported. A twisted finger on his right hand will be no hindrance to playing.

There was less good fortune for Andreas Ottl. The midfielder, who was obliged to break off the morning session after feeling a muscle go stiff, has been forced to withdraw from the squad for Neckarelz. Ivica Olic (knee ligaments), Franck Ribéry (knee), Luca Toni (Achilles) and Christian Lell (toe) are also still sidelined.

Ribéry set for comeback

Ribéry is hopeful of a comeback in FCB's first home game of the new term against Werder Bremen in two weeks. The Frenchman intends to resume the squad programme next week, he told the tz tabloid. "The first Bundesliga fixture in Hoffenheim is too early for me. The home game against Werder on 15 August is more realistic."

He was now in "very good shape," the 26-year-old continued. "There's no problem when I run. I'm not feeling any more pain from the knee. It'll be really good for me when I'm able to train with the team again. I miss the ball, and working out on your own is no fun."