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By ESPN Staff
Nov 15, 2006

Deisler, Lucio set to return for Bayern Munich

BERLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Sebastian Deisler is ready to make his comeback for Bayern Munich on Saturday, eight months after suffering a knee injury that cost him a place in Germany's World Cup squad.

Bayern said on Wednesday the 26-year-old midfielder would be back in the squad for the Bundesliga match at home to leaders VfB Stuttgart.

'He's made a very good impression in recent weeks,' Bayern coach Felix Magath told reporters.

Deisler's return is the latest positive injury news for Bayern, who also expect to have Lucio back in the team to face Stuttgart.

The Brazilian international centre-back has not played since suffering an ankle injury in Bayern's 3-1 defeat away to Werder Bremen on Oct. 21.

'It's going well,' Lucio told Bayern's website after his first session back with the squad on Tuesday. 'I've got no more problems and I believe I'll be ready to play on Saturday.'

Bayern expect striker Lukas Podolski, who has also been out of action because of an ankle injury, to return to training later this week.

England international Owen Hargreaves and French defender Valerien Ismael are both recovering from broken legs. Hargreaves is due to return to training next week but Ismael will not play again until the New Year.

Stuttgart are top of the Bundesliga, four points ahead of fourth-placed Bayern heading into Saturday's game at the Allianz Arena.