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Welz to take charge in Wolfsburg

Friday night’s big match between Wolfsburg and Bayern will be refereed by Tobias Welz from Wiesbaden. This will be the ninth FCB game the police officer has taken charge of. Welz last refereed a match involving the Reds in March 2014 - and that was the outstanding 6-1 away win at Wolfsburg. The 37-year-old will be assisted by Rafael Foltyn and Dr. Martin Thomsen on Friday night with Tobias Stieler as the fourth official.

A minute’s applause for Malanda

VfL Wolfsburg have decided not to observe a minute’s silence in memory of Junior Malanda. VfL sporting director Klaus Allofs explained: “We’ve thought about it a lot and listened carefully to what the fans want. We have come to the joint decision not to be silent for a minute. We’re going to follow the lead from the funeral in Belgium: There will be a minute’s applause.” Malanda lost his life in a car accident on 10 January.

No Träsch but Naldo and Perisic return

Christian Träsch will not be in the Wolfsburg line-up against Bayern. The former Germany international has been laid low by a bout of flu. “Träsch is out. He’s still ill in bed. There’s no chance,” said VfL coach Dieter Hecking on Thursday. In contrast, Naldo and Ivan Perisic have recovered from knocks in time. Träsch is joined on the Wolfsburg injury list by Patrick Ochs and Josuha Guilavogui.