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Run-out for the reserves

Determined Toni thrilled by imminent return

It didn’t feel like late summer in Munich on Thursday. The temperature was barely in double figures, and persistent drizzle filled the air. None of that made any difference to Luca Toni. The Italian, in high spirits right from the off, could hardly be prised away from the training ground. Ignoring FCB II boss Mehmet Scholl’s suggestion that he could go and shower after scoring his first goal, Toni stayed on and completed the training match with three goals to his name. Even then, he remained behind for shooting practice. “Luca was determined to carry on. He said he needed some fun – and that’s what he had,” Scholl later revealed.

“It’s gone really well with the team, and I’ve really enjoyed it,” Toni confirmed. The big striker has now worked out twice with the largely youthful reserves, captained by Tom Schütz. On Friday, the Italian will play his first match of the season when FCB II take on Jahn Regensburg at the Grünwald stadium. “Football is football. At the moment, it doesn’t matter whether it’s the first, second or third division. The main thing is to play. I want to enjoy it again,” Toni declared.