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Schweinsteiger at work on comeback

FC Bayern will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger for a while yet, Pep Guardiola reported at Saturday’s press conference prior to the cup tie against Münster. The 30-year-old FCB vice-captain has a knee tendon problem and is currently restricted to jogging when he is out on the field. Schweinsteiger is working out daily in the Säbener Strasse performance centre as he seeks to make an early comeback. “He’s a top professional,” Guardiola declared. Franck Ribéry was back out on the practice ground on Saturday, but pursued an individual programme away from the rest of the squad.

Martínez in the USA

Javi Martínez, who tore a cruciate ligament on Wednesday in Dortmund, set off for the USA on Saturday ahead of an operation in the next few days. “Off to Denver,” Martínez announced via Twitter.

Winkmann to take charge

Guido Winkmann is the referee for Sunday’s cup meeting with Münster. That might be a good omen, as the Reds have won all eight of their matches with Winkmann as ref (six in the Bundesliga, two in the DFB Cup). The policeman will be assisted by Arno Blos and Kai Voss, with Patrick Ittrich as the fourth official.

Preußen’s proud cup record

Third division Preußen Münster pulled off first round upsets against bigger teams for the last two years in a row. The men from Westphalia beat second-tier St. Pauli 1-0 last season, and defeated Werder Bremen 4-2 after extra time the year before. Münster went on to be knocked out by FC Augsburg on both occasions.