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Ribery and Co return

Van Gaal’s matchday squad back up to 18

A clutch of injured stars are set to return for Bayern in Sunday’s Bavarian derby against FC Nürnberg. Speaking at Friday’s news conference, Louis van Gaal announced the inclusion of Franck Ribéry, club captain Mark van Bommel and Breno in his matchday squad. Diego Contento is also fit again after injury. “I have 19 fit players,” said the FCB boss, who will have to drop a player for the first time in many weeks: “I’m forced to choose again.”

The injury crisis at Bayern, which saw up to ten players on the injury roster, has finally eased. Arjen Robben, Miroslav Klose and Holger Badstuber are the only players definitely unavailable for selection. “It's been the first week this season in which I’ve had the whole team at training – and it’s already November,” the boss said, the relief in his voice evident to all.