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Klose sidelined

Butt and Schweinsteiger to sit out cup clash

Bayern are making strong progress in the Bundesliga and resume their Champions League quest in ten days, but the DFB Cup is the priority right now, as the men from Munich seek to overcome second division SpVgg Greuther Fürth in Wednesday evening’s last eight tie and take the next step on the road to the final in Berlin. “It’s the quickest way to a trophy,” said Ivica Olic in the build-up to the midweek clash.

Against the team currently lying eighth in the German second tier, Bayern boss Louis van Gaal is set to change his winning line-up of recent weeks in at least two positions. With an eye on the start of an intense period mainly featuring two games a week, keeper Jörg Butt and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be rested. Michael Rensing and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk are the likely replacements.

Striker Miroslav Klose is a definite non-starter after turning an ankle in Sunday training. The Germany international will be excused duty as a precaution, but he is not expected to be sidelined for long. According to the plan, Klose will resume the team training programme later in the week.

The visitors from the town adjacent to Nuremberg in Middle Franconia are suffering a few injury problems of their own. Stephan Schröck is out with a strain, while Edgar Prib (ankle) and reserve keeper Jasmin Fejzic (knee surgery) are currently restricted to sports rehab training. Former FCB reserves Max Grün, Jan Mauersberger, Stephan Fürstner and Leonhard Haas are all candidates for the matchday squad.