Created on 20-11-2013 at 14:20 PM
Jérôme Boateng was substituted after the first half of Germany’s 1–0 victory over England on Tuesday night complaining of an injury, but the Bayern centre-back sounded the all-clear on Wednesday. “I’m in good shape and I can play,” Boateng exclusively told fcbayern.de. The player is now looking forward to featuring in the top Bundesliga clash on Saturday when Munich travel to face Borussia Dortmund. The injury to a heel which forced Jerome out of the Wembley clash prematurely has proved not serious.
Busy times at club HQ
Pep Guardiola handed his senior players the day off on Wednesday, but a clutch of stars still reported for training at the Säbener Strasse facility. Manuel Neuer joined backup keeper Lukas Raeder for a session on the practice ground with goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago continued sports rehab programmes as the pair work towards comebacks.
FIFA extends World Player deadline
UEFA Best Player in Europe Franck Ribéry now has until 29 November to keep his name in the headlines prior to the World Player of the Year vote, as football’s world governing body FIFA has extended the voting deadline from the original date of last Friday. The other Bayern players on the FIFA long list apart from Ribéry are Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben. FIFA will announce the final shortlist of five – also up from the normal three – on 9 December. The award will be presented at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala on 13 January 2014 at Zurich’s Kongresshaus.
Hummels and Schmelzer sidelined for Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund will be without defenders Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer for Saturday’s home Bundesliga meeting with Bayern. Former FCB youth Hummels ruptured ligaments in his right ankle while playing to Germany against England on Tuesday and is out of action until the New Year. Schmelzer pulled a calf muscle in the same match and faces a three-week layoff.