Created on 28-03-2010 at 00:00 AM
In the build-up to Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg meeting with Manchester United, Arjen Robben remains a doubt for the Bayern starting line-up, but Mario Gomez has returned to contention after an injury lay-off.
Germany international Gomez has recovered from rupturing a calf muscle three weeks ago and took part in the squad training programme again on Sunday. He is likely to begin on the bench at the Allianz Arena, but may even be an option for the starting eleven. “I’m ready,” said Gomez, after staying out for extra shooting practice at the end of Sunday’s training session. The 24-year-old last played for Munich in the Champions League fixture away to Fiorentina on 9 March.
Gomez’ return offers Bayern boss Louis van Gaal another alternative for the forward line. Robben may still be forced out of Tuesday’s clash with injury, but his chances of appearing have not worsened since Saturday evening. “He’s feeling a lot better than yesterday,” reported club captain Mark van Bommel after speaking to his fellow-countryman.
Robben sustained a minor strain to his left calf in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to VfB Stuttgart. Since then, the Netherlands international has been receiving round-the-clock treatment from the FCB medical unit, supervised by chief medical officer Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. A decision on the player’s fitness will be left until as late as possible on matchday.
Bayern are definitely without Bastian Schweinsteiger, who sits out a one-match suspension in midweek. The Germany international’s possible replacements include Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Danijel Pranjic, and also Martin Demichelis. Three weeks after sustaining multiple facial fractures while on duty for Argentina against Germany, the FCB defender made a late substitute appearance against VfB and is ready to face United.