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Three-week lay-off

Miro Klose sidelined with ruptured muscle

After two weeks away from the action, Miroslav Klose returned to Bayern’s matchday squad for Tuesday’s DFB Cup meeting with Werder Bremen, but the unlucky striker now faces three more weeks on the sidelines after suffering a new injury. The Germany international, who had just recovered from a hamstring strain, broke down in training on Wednesday with ruptured fibres in a different area of the same muscle.

Klose’s latest misfortune puts the brakes on a slowly but steadily improving injury situation at the club. In all, head coach Louis van Gaal will be without seven men - Mark van Bommel, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, Diego Contento, Breno, David Alaba and Klose - for Friday’s home meeting with Freiburg.

Masked Olic

On the plus side, Ivica Olic (broken nose) and Daniel van Buyten (back) are again available for selection. “I’m feeling good, and it's getting better every time I train,” reported Olic, although the striker will still have to cope for a while yet with the restrictions imposed by wearing a protective mask in matches. “I can see much better without the mask,” he admitted.

Van Buyten will again start on the subs’ bench in Friday’s clash, Van Gaal announced. “He’s not trained for two or three weeks, and he was ill too. He’s not match fit yet, but he’ll be on the bench.” Diego Contento is also poised to come off the sick list. “Contento could be the next player to make a comeback,” Van Gaal revealed.

Ribéry aiming for Gladbach or Nürnberg

Of the other players, Ribéry (ankle) is “already well-advanced” in his sports rehab programme, said Van Gaal, “he’s back out running on the training ground.” The France winger himself is hoping to resume the squad programme next week and, after seven weeks on the sidelines, has not given up hope of a place in the matchday squad for Bayern’s league trip to Monchengladbach a week from now.

“I think there’s a good chance I’ll be involved against Gladbach,” he was quoted as saying by the Munich-based tz, “but I’m determined to play again against Nürnberg [on 14 November]. That's my target, and I’m certain I’ll make it.”