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Gotze in line for Nuremburg appearance

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has revealed Mario Gotze could make his debut for the club against Nuremberg on Saturday.

Gotze, who joined Bayern from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in July, has yet to feature for Guardiola’s side in competitive action because of a hamstring injury.

Bayern have had little difficulty in recording wins in the 21-year-old’s absence, overcoming Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 and edging past Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0, a game in which Gotze was an unused substitute.

The Allianz Arena outfit paid €37million to bring Gotze to the club, and he could finally be given the chance to repay some of that fee against Bayern’s Bavarian rivals.

“The most important is that he feels fit in his head (Gotze), legs, his legs are fit, correct, and I think now his head is too, of course that’s good for us,” Guardiola said.

“Maybe tomorrow he will be able to play, not sure if from the beginning or only a few minutes.”

Bayern start a run of three games in a week on Saturday, travelling to Freiburg on Tuesday before taking on Premier League side Chelsea in Prague in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday.

Guardiola is undaunted by that run of fixtures and is looking forward to his first derby in charge of Bayern.

“It isn’t a hard week, (it’s a) good week, three games in one week. Full calendar. We accept it, no problem,” he added.

“All games are important, not only the derby, of course it’s important for the fans and people. In a derby anything can happen, but we have to focus on our style of play, that’s the most important.

“I know it’s a derby. Anything could happen. I know Nurnberg is always very aggressive, especially against Bayern. So we have to be able to also be very aggressive, especially with the ball.”

Fri 23 August, 2013
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