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Schweinsteiger not ready for return

Philipp Lahm will again deputise for Bastian Schweinsteiger when Bayern Munich play Schalke on Saturday.

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Schweinsteiger had made a brief comeback during the 3-0 Champions League win against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday after struggling with an ankle injury this season.

However, he has told kicker that he is not up to making a full return this weekend, saying: "That’s too early. The ankle felt good but, of course, the fitness is not back to where it should be.

"I’m delighted to have been able to play for 20 minutes."

Before the game against CSKA, Schweinsteiger had already been an unused substitute in the Hannover game last weekend.

"That was okay. I had just returned to training," Schweinsteiger said. "I was only there as an emergency back-up. That was all arranged with the coach."

With Spain internationals Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara still sidelined, Germany captain Lahm is set for another game in holding midfield.

Lahm, who has been called “one of the most intelligent players I ever coached” by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, had -- to the surprise of many -- been moved to midfield during pre-season.

"I like that position, no doubt about that," Lahm said and refused to rule out staying in midfield once all the injured players have returned to the Bayern squad.

"That could be," he added. "I know that the coach likes it when I play as the number six or in the half positions in midfield."

Meanwhile, Mario Gotze is set to return to first-team training three weeks after suffering an ankle injury in the UEFA Super Cup final victory against Chelsea, the club confirmed on their official website. However, no date was set for the return of Martinez or Alcantara.


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