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Toni remains exiled in Bayern reserves

SoccerNews in Bundesliga, Serie A 24 Sep 2009

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Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni faces a second weekend of exile with Bayern Munich’s reserves instead of spearheading the German giants’ Bundesliga clash against league leaders Hamburg.

The 32-year-old striker had been told by Bayern coach Louis van Gaal that he will play for the reserves against Aue in the German third division, despite having featured for the first team for 30 minutes in the 5-0 midweek German Cup win against Oberhausen.

“He needs to find the rhythm of competition”, said Van Gaal.

Toni, the Bundesliga top-scorer in 2007/2008, played for the reserves last weekend as he returned to action following a lengthy lay-off with an Achilles tendon injury and insisted he was ready for a first-team recall.

“Tests showed that I was in better shape than certain of my teammates,” said Toni.

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