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Misery for Mark

Captain out for four weeks with broken toe

With the season just a couple of games old, and Martin Demichelis already ruled out for the first two months with ankle ligament damage, Bayern have suffered another unwanted injury setback with the loss of Mark van Bommel for several weeks, after the Dutchman ruptured a tendon and broke his left big toe in Saturday’s Bundesliga opener away to Hoffenheim.

“It’s a real blow for me personally, especially as it’s all started so well,“ commented Van Bommel, who will undergo surgery on Monday. The 32-year-old responded to the injury with a typically fighting reaction. “I’ll be back as soon as I can, and I’ll pick it all up where I’ve left off.“ The injury was diagnosed and treatment prescribed by FCB chief medic Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.

Klose on Germany duty

Van Bommel sustained the injury as Saturday’s match at the Rhein-Neckar Arena entered its closing stages. The captain battled on but signalled his inability to continue after 80 minutes. Ukraine star Anatoliy Tymoshchuk came on as a sub, making his Bundesliga debut in the process.

Miroslav Klose, absent from the match in Hoffenheim with a swollen ankle, is close to shaking off the injury and has joined up with the Germany squad in Frankfurt. Coach Joachim Löw is hopeful of fielding the experienced striker is his country’s 2010 World Cup qualifier away to Azerbaijan in Baku on Wednesday. “We’ll have to wait and see if he’s up to it,” Löw commented.