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Bayern could face Fiorentina without injured Toni

Italian striker Luca Toni faces a race against time to be fit for Tuesday night's Champions League clash for Bayern Munich against his former club Fiorentina.

Bayern could face Fiorentina without injured Toni
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The 31-year-old bruised his ribs in the first-half of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Karlsruhe – the defending Bundesliga champions first win in four league games – and sat out training on Sunday.

“We are monitoring him on a day-to-day basis and we are hoping, of course, he will be fit to face his old club,” said Klinsmann.

Should Toni fail to be fit in time for Tuesday’s match, Germany striker Lukas Podolski is likely to deputise. But Klinsmann has no such worries about French midfielder Franck Ribery and striker Miroslav Klose who both came off in the second-half against Karlsruhe – Klose for a minor knock and Ribery to be rested for the Fiorentina game.

A 1-0 win at Steaua Bucharest and a 0-0 draw at home to Lyon so far puts Bayern top of Group F with four points ahead of Fiorentina and Lyon on two and Bucharest lagging behind on one.

A win on Tuesday night at Munich’s Allianz Arena would leave Bayern on the verge of the first knock-out round and Klinsmann is desperate for his struggling side to ignore their poor Bundesliga form.

“This game gives us a giant chance of advancing to the next round of the competition,” said Klinsmann. “We look forward enormously to the task against

Fiorentina, but it will be a very difficult game.”

Bayern were unimpressive against Karlsruhe on Saturday and remain 11th in the league having slumped recently to shock defeats by Werder Bremen and Hannover, plus a 3-3 draw at home to minnows Bochum in their previous games.

In contrast, Fiorentina cruised past 10-man Reggina 3-0 on Saturday to move level on points with the top three ahead of Sunday’s matches in Serie A.

It was La Viola’s third straight victory and proved they have overcome their early season troubles when they lost their first two away matches as they move up to fifth in Serie A.

A penalty from Giampaolo Pazzini and an Alberto Gilardino brace secured the three points that sees Fiorentina join leaders Lazio, Udinese and champions Inter Milan on 13 points at the top of the table.

With six goals to his credit, Azzuri striker Gilardino will be a threat to Bayern’s leaky defence, while Munich’s Germany forward Klose is struggling for confidence despite hitting the winner against Karlsruhe.

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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