Guardiola: Schweinsteiger could face Porto but Ribery doubtful

The Germany international has recovered from a bout of the flu but the Frenchman has yet to fully shake off an ankle problem

Pep Guardiola has revealed that while Bastian Schweinsteiger could be fit for Bayern Munich’s must-win meeting with Porto on Tuesday, Franck Ribery is unlikely to be available for the game at the Allianz Arena.

The injury-ravaged Bavarians trail 3-1 on aggregate going into the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final and will definitely be without Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Mehdi Benatia and Javi Martinez, while Philipp Lahm is a major doubt after being struck down by gastroenteritis.

Schweinsteiger, though, is under consideration after shaking off an ankle injury and then recovering from a bout of the flu.

“Basti could play,” Guardiola is quoted as saying by Bayern’s official website. “He’s in good health again.”

As for ankle injury victim Ribery, Guardiola was far more cautious, adding: “Let’s wait and see. But I don’t think Franck can play.”

There was better news regarding Juan Bernat, who was forced off at half-time in Saturday’s Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim, with Guardiola explaining that the full-back’s withdrawal was purely precautionary.

“We didn’t want to take any risks,” the Catalan said. “I think he can play on Tuesday.”

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