Football / Bundesliga: Ribery To Start As Bayern Eye Leverkusen
Posted November 22, 2008on:
BERLIN: Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will take on bottom side Energie Cottbus today with midfield star Franck Ribery in the side despite his injury scare for France.
Ribery picked up an ankle knock in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against Uruguay in Paris, having been a big factor for third-placed Bayern closing the gap to three points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.
The Frenchman has scored in each of the last five games for Bayern and was back to his best after his summer ankle injury playing for France at Euro 2008 as he helped Bayern rise from 11th to third in the league.
“There is no problem, he can play,” said Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Energie Cottbus have picked up just two wins all season, but Bayern lost in Cottbus last season on their way to the league title.
League leaders Leverkusen can also expect to pick up three points when they travel to Arminia Bielefeld today.
Bielefeld are second from bottom with just one win to their credit while Bayer have Patrick Helmes in their ranks fresh from scoring for Germany in the 2-1 defeat by England on Wednesday.
Leverkusen are on 28 points, level with second-placed rivals Hoffenheim who are at mid-table Cologne today.
Cologne are still without captain Umit Oezat, who collapsed during a game with a heart complaint at the beginning of the season, while Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic looks to add to his 14 goals in 13 games.
Having slipped down the table to eighth, Schalke are waiting on the fitness of Albert Streit (knee problem) and Gerald Asamoah (flu) for their match against struggling Borussia Moenchegladbach.
With impressive wins over Hoffenheim and Hamburg in recent weeks, Hertha Berlin are at Bochum looking to build on their fourth place in the league.
TODAY: Bayern Munich v Energie Cottbus, Schalke 04 v Borussia M’gladbach, VfL Wolfsburg v VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt v Hanover 96, VfL Bochum v Hertha Berlin, Arminia Bielefeld v Bayer Leverkusen, Cologne v Hoffenheim; TOMORROW: Hamburg v Werder Bremen. — AFP
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