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Injuries cloud build-up to midweek clash

Bayern have been hit by a string of injuries to key players ahead of their final home fixture in the Champions League group stage against Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa. Luca Toni is definitely out of the midweek clash with a strain, with Arjen Robben unlikely to feature in the do-or-die encounter. “Robben probably won’t be able to play,“ Louis van Gaal confirmed on Tuesday.

Dutch winger Robben last featured in match action against Schalke in early November, but is continuing to struggle with a knee problem. Toni has not yet shaken off the injury which ruled him out of the weekend meeting with Leverkusen and has withdrawn from the squad to face Haifa, Van Gaal said.

A question-mark remains over Hamit Altintop’s fitness for Wednesday. The Turkey international felt a calf go tight shortly before the Bundesliga fixture against Bayer and had to pull out of the match. “But I hope he’s fit in time for Maccabi,” the Bayern coach remarked.