Ribery set for Bayern comeback

Jupp Heynckes has received some encouraging news on the injury front ahead of Bayern Munich’s DFB-Pokal match against Kaiserslautern as Franck Ribery could make his comeback again after a brief spell on the sidelines due to injury.

The France international picked up a knock in his side’s 1-0 Champions League win over Lille last week, and consequently missed Sunday’s Bundesliga loss against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bavarians initially feared that Ribery would also miss the match against Kaiserslautern, but the winger is hopeful that he will be match fit in time.

“Things are going better again. We will have to wait and see how things go in training, but I hope to play again versus Lautern,” he told TZ.

Wednesday’s match at the Allianz Arena is scheduled to kick off at 20:30CET.

Bayern Munich lose Badstuber for two weeks

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will have to make do without the services of Holger Badstuber for at least two weeks with a ruptured thigh muscle.

The Germany international picked up the problem in Bayern’s 2-1 Bundesliga defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, and Heynckes stated on Monday that Badstuber could be out of action for a while.

The Bavarians have now announced on their official website that the centre-back will be sidelined for a minimum of 14 days.

“It’s a bad loss. I hope we can replace him adequately,” commented Heynckes on Badstuber’s absence.

The 23-year-old defender has featured in every competitive match so far this term for Bayern, but will now miss the games against Kaiserslautern, Hamburg, Lille and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern Munich – Kaiserslautern Preview: Bavarians look to bounce back

Bayern Munich are expected to shuffle their pack ahead of the clash with Kaiserslautern, which occurs just three days after their 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

David Alaba made his first start of the season against B04, and will be looking to build up his fitness for the visit of the 2. Bundesliga outift.

Elsewhere, Arjen Robben came off the bench at the weekend, and should make his first start after a lengthy injury absence. Javi Martinez has been passed fit after missing out on Sunday, and could start in midfield alongside Emre Can, while Xherdan Shaqiri should deputise for Franck Ribery on the left wing.

Finally, Claudio Pizarro could get a rare start up front, giving Mario Mandzukic a much-needed rest. Mario Gomez is back in training, but is unlikely to feature.

Kaiserslautern, meanwhile, are expected to make one change from the team that drew 3-3 with Koln at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Friday, with Marc Torrejon coming into the defence in place of Matthias Abel.

The attack will be spearheaded by former Schalke man Alexander Baumjohann, Kostas Fortounis and in-form striker Mohammadou Idrissou.

  • The Bavarians cruised to a domestic double over Wednesday’s opponents last season in the Bundesliga, recording a 2-0 home win and a 3-0 away triumph.
  • All four of the domestic goals that Bayern have conceded this term have come at home.
  • Kaiserslautern have finished runners-up in this competition four times. They last won the tournament in 1996.
  • Franco Foda’s men claimed a 3-1 win over Hansa Rostock at the DKB Arena in the first round back in August.
  • Kaiserslautern once overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat Bayern 7-4 in the Bundesliga, back in October 1973.

Bayern Munich sweating over Badstuber fitness

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes looks set to be without defender Holger Badstuber for the forseeable future after he suffered an injury in the 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

The Germany international featured from the start in Sunday’s encounter, but was forced to stay behind in the dressing-room at half-time due to a muscular problem.

Badstuber has yet to undergo further examination in order to determine the exact extent of the knock, but Heynckes fears the defender could face a spell on the sidelines.

Holger has picked up a muscle injury. It’s either a sprain or a muscle tear,” the Bayern boss revealed.

Meanwhile, Luiz Gustavo also left the pitch in the second-half after picking up a knock and though his problem does not appear to be serious, he is a doubt for Wednesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with Kaiserslautern.

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Leno in after restricting Bayern

Another exciting weekend of German games saw Bayern Munich’s lead at the top of the table cut to four points after the Bavarians suffered a surprising 2-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Their most realistic challengers at the moment, look to be Schalke, who kept up their excellent form with a 1-0 home win over Nurnberg.

Elsewhere, Stuttgart and Hamburg both continued their good runs with victories over Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg, while Borussia Dortmund finally recorded their first away win of the season at Freiburg. Goal.com was there to watch every minute and rate the best talent.

In goal, we have Bernd Leno, who made a string of fine saves to thwart Bayern at the Allianz Arena and continue Leverkusen’s recent run of good form.

In front of him, Simon Kjaer was a rock for Wolfsburg, who marked the departure of coach Felix Magath with a 4-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf, while Neven Subotic scored the opening goal for BVB as they won 2-0 at the Mage Solar Stadion. Finally, we have Roel Brouwers, who was also on the score-sheet as Borussia Monchengladbach came from behind to beat Hannover 3-2.

The midfield quartet is comprised of Elkin Soto, who was on song as Mainz cruised past Hoffenheim, Stuttgart’s goal hero Christian Gentner, another Wolfsburg star in Diego, and Juan Arango, the man who sealed Lucien Favre’s side’s win at the AWD Arena.

Up front, Marko Arnautovic was on form despite Werder Bremen’s draw at Greuther Furth, while Jefferson Farfan scored the only goal for Schalke at the Veltins Arena. Finally, we have the star of the weekend, Adam Szalai, who scored a brilliant hat-trick for Mainz.