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All-clear for Neuer

Manuel Neuer will be fit in time for Bayern’s DFB Cup semi-final meting with Kaiserslautern on Wednesday: the player himself said he was in “no danger” of missing out on the last four clash. The 28-year-old was substituted at half-time in Bayern’s home fixture against Borussia Dortmund after feeling his right calf go tight. “I didn’t withdraw from the game for no reason. We didn’t want to take any risks,” commented Neuer, “it was more important to us that I’m fit for Wednesday.”

Debut for Raeder

Keeper Lukas Raeder cannot have expected such a momentous afternoon: the 20-year-old made a maiden appearance in the FCB squad for a Bundesliga match and promptly celebrated his top flight debut after replacing Neuer for the second half. Raeder, who was sidelined with injury for most of the first half of the campaign, has made 18 appearances for the FCB reserves this term.

Kroos and Rafinha out of Braunschweig clash

Bayern will be without Toni Kroos and Rafinha when they visit bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga next weekend. Kroos saw a fifth yellow card of the season against Dortmund and serves a one-match ban. Rafinha was red-carded in the last few seconds of the game and will be suspended for at least one league fixture. The length of the ban will be determined by a DFB disciplinary committee during the week.

Milestones for Alaba and Rafinha

The Dortmund match included two milestones for FCB men. Right-back Rafinha made a 50th Bundesliga start for Germany’s biggest club, while his counterpart on the left David Alaba clocked up 100 games in the Bundesliga, 17 of them for Hoffenheim.