Bayern Munich face a race against time to have French midfield star Franck Ribery fit for Saturday's German League Cup final against Schalke 04, the German giants admitted on Thursday.
|Bayern Munich's new recruit French midfielder Franck Ribery controls the ball during a training session|
The 24-year-old midfielder picked up a knee injury in Wednesday's 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart and Bayern boss Ottmar Hitzfeld is waiting to see if his new recruit can play on Saturday.
As well as Ribery, Bayern's 19-year-old striker Sandro Wagner, who also scored against Stuttgart, is struggling with a knee injury. "They are both doubtful for Saturday," said Hitzfeld.
And while summer signing Miroslav Klose is struggling to shake off a leg injury in time for Saturday's game, Bayern are also waiting to see if their midfielder Mark Van Bommel will be cited for a foul in Wednesday's win.
Video tape of the Dutchman's conduct is being studied by the German Football Association's (DFB) disciplinary committee after a clash with Stuttgart captain Fernando Meira.
Referee Babak Rafati missed the incident, but the matter is being investigated by the DFB and both players have given statements.
Meanhile, Italian FIFA World Cup winner Luca Toni is struggling with the right knee injury he picked up in a pre-season friendly earlier this month and was expected to resume training on Wednesday.
The injury has taken longer to heal than expected and will not train until Saturday at the earliest and is running out of time to prove his fitness in order to play in the season opener against Hansa Rostock on 11 August.