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Returning Ribery hopes to reignite Bayern

After three months out with injury, Bayern Munich's French star Franck Ribery wants to kick-start his season at Hannover on Saturday before next Tuesday's Champions League clash with Lyon.

Returning Ribery hopes to reignite Bayern
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Having spent the summer recovering from the ankle ligaments he tore during Euro 2008, Ribery came off the bench for 25 second-half minutes in Wednesday night’s 2-0 German Cup win over Nuremberg.

Now the 25-year-old Frenchman wants 90 minutes against Hannover on Saturday to recover his match fitness for Bayern’s Champions League game in Munich next Tuesday and fire his side back up the table.

“I would like to play from the beginning against Hannover, so that I can recover my fitness 100 per cent,” said the French midfield maestro. “I am relieved there were no problems with the ankle and I want to get back to the old Franck Ribery as quickly as possible.”

Bayern’s confidence was battered last weekend when they were humiliated 5-2 at the Allianz Arena by Werder Bremen and the German giants face a tough schedule with three games in seven days next week.

“It is a situation where we will rotate players to keep the squad fresh,” said coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

Bundesliga leaders Schalke 04 are looking to consolidate top spot on Friday night at Cologne.

Having hammered Bayern last week in Munich, Werder Bremen have a great chance to get back amongst the leaders at home to second-placed Hoffenheim on Saturday. Germany midfielder Torsten Frings has shaken off a knock and is expected to play while Danish striker Daniel Jensen is hoping to put his achilles tendon injury behind him.

Hoffenheim were dumped out of the German Cup 3-1 by second division leaders Freiburg in midweek. But but having hammered Dortmund 4-1 last weekend in the Bundesliga to take second, Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick wants three points from Bremen.

Their Bosnia and Herzegovina striker Vedad Ibisevic is one to watch as the Bundesliga’s joint top-scorer with six alongside Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrick Helmes.

With just one defeat in their last nine games, VfB Stuttgart are up to third in the table and they travel to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Stuttgart striker Cacau and Ciprian Marica both scored in the 2-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld in the German Cup on Wednesday, but goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has warned against complacency.

He said: “We played well against Bielefeld, but that could all change at the Westphalen-Stadium on Saturday because Dortmund need a result and we want

one too.”

Also on Saturday, Hamburg host Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha Berlin welcome bottom side Energie Cottbus and VfL Bochum are home to Bayer Leverkusen.

On Sunday, VfL Wolfsburg, who are up to sixth in the table and smashed minnows Oberneuland 7-0 in the German Cup on Wednesday, travel to strugglers Karlsruhe and Eintracht Frankfurt are home to Bielefeld.

Friday

Cologne v Schalke 04

Saturday

Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart, Hamburg v Borussia M’gladbach, Hanover

96 v Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin v Energie Cottbus, VfL Bochum v Bayer

Leverkusen, Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim

Sunday

Eintracht Frankfurt v Arminia Bielefeld, Karlsruhe v VfL Wolfsburg

MUNICH

Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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