Schweinsteiger and Neuer to miss Germany friendly with Netherlands

The Manchester United midfielder and Bayern Munich goalkeeper are set to miss the clash with Danny Blind’s side, while four other players also miss out for the world champions

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer are set to miss Germany’s friendly with the Netherlands, leading a contingent of eight players that will be unavailable for Joachim Low’s side. 

The match between the world champions and the Netherlands will go ahead, despite the Germany players involvement in the friendly at the Stade de France on Friday, which was targeted as part of the atrocities that occurred in Paris.

And with the game set to go ahead, the German FA have announced that Schweinsteiger will miss out, along with Neuer and Lukas Podolski who are being rested.

Koln defender Jonas Hector will miss out through injury, as well as Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, depleting the team’s defensive options. 

Schalke youngster Leroy Sane will also be unavailable, as the forward returns to the under-21 team for their match with Austria. 

Thiago ruled out for 'just a few weeks'

The Bayern Munich midfielder limped out of Spain’s friendly with England on Friday but eased fears he would be out for an extended period

Thiago Alcantara has revealed he will be out for just “a few weeks” after suffering a knee injury while on international duty.

The Bayern Munich midfielder limped off in first half of Spain’s friendly clash with England and was replaced by Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla.

There were fears that Thiago could be sidelined for a long period as the 24-year-old has a history of suffering major injuries since joining the Bundesliga club when Pep Guardiola took over in 2013.

But the former Barcelona man has allayed fears he will be out for an extended period by taking to Twitter to explain his injury.

“Fortunately I will be out just for a few weeks. Thanks for your support messages,” he wrote.

Por fortuna sólo estaré fuera unas pocas semanas / Fortunately I will be out just for a few weeks Thanks for your support messages.

— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) November 15, 2015

Despite avoiding a serious problem, Thiago could still miss Bundesliga clashes against Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach as well as their Champions League meeting with Olympiacos.

Bayern Munich do not need a sheikh or oil tycoon – Breitner

The ex-Germany international says that the Bundesliga champions are self-sufficient and the “only major club in the world” without any debts

Former Bayern Munich star Paul Breitner has insisted the Bundesliga champions are in fine shape financially and do not need the help of any sheikhs or oil tycoons to compete at the highest level.

Clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco have become big players over recent years following heavy investment from billionaire businessmen, yet Breitner has made it clear that the champions of Germany do not need any help from external investors.

“Bayern are self-sufficient,” Breitner told AZ. “We are independent and we are the only major club in the world that does not have any debts and is in a secure financial situation.

“We have a high equity ratio and plenty of financial resources. Bayern have been making money for 25 years now, even when we have been making big investments.

“Our stadium, the Allianz Arena, has been paid off in its entirety and is owned by the club. We are in a wonderful economic situation.

“Bayern do not need any sheikhs or oil tycoons. That is one of the major differences with other teams.”

Bayern, who were crowned champions of Europe in 2014, are currently bidding for a fourth successive Bundesliga title.

Thiago Alcantara out of Spain squad with knee injury

The Bayern Munich midfielder has returned to Germany for further treatment, after picking up a knock in his country’s win over England on Friday

Thiago Alcantara has pulled out of the Spain squad for Tuesday’s international friendly against Belgium due to a knee injury.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was forced off just 27 minutes into his country’s 2-0 friendly win over England on Friday and, after undergoing a scan the following morning, has now been sent back to Bavaria for further treatment.

A statement on the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) website read: “He carried out an MRI scan and results show an edema in the proximal insertion of the medial collateral ligament on his right knee caused by indirect trauma suffered in the match against England.

“Taking into account the operations the player has undergone and as a matter of prevention, it has been decided for the player to leave the Spain camp and carry out further tests and work with Bayern Munich’s medical staff, who have been in constant contact with Spain’s staff since the footballer left the pitch at the Spain-England friendly.”

Thiago missed the majority of the 2014-15 campaign due to a knee injury but has been a key figure for Bayern this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions.

Rode making progress in recovery

The former Eintracht Frankfurt player has been out of action for almost two months with tendon problems, but is closing on a return to first-team football

Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rode is a step closer to returning to action after resuming work with the ball on Friday.

Rode has been on the sidelines since late September because of tendon problems in his thigh.

However, the former Eintracht Frankfurt man now looks to nearing a return for Bayern, who are five points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern visit Schalke in their first game after the international break on November 21.