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Bayern defence trio fit for German Cup clash against Dortmund
April 25, 2017 / 1:26 PM / 7 months ago

Bayern defence trio fit for German Cup clash against Dortmund

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich central defenders Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez have been ruled fit for their German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 18/4/17 Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels reacts Reuters / Michael Dalder Livepic

The Bundesliga leaders, eyeing a domestic double after last week’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid, have lost or drawn their last four matches in all competitions and are eager to bounce back.

“Mats had no problems against Mainz 05 (on Saturday) and Javi and Jerome trained very well,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“The only problem is that there are only two positions (in the central defence). It is not easy to pick two from them.”

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng checks on Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after he injured his left foot during their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg match against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Ancelotti’s biggest injury concern is fullback David Alaba, who is racing to be fit after picking up an injury in their 2-2 draw against Mainz.

“He will not play if he is not at 100 percent,” said the Italian, in his first season in charge.

Football Soccer - Bayern Munich v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - 12/4/17 Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez looks dejected after being sent off Reuters / Michaela Rehle Livepic

Holders Bayern will face the Ruhr valley club in a repeat of last year’s final, and Ancelotti knows his team will need to deliver again.

They have drawn twice in the league to see their lead shrink to eight points from 13 with four matches left, and lost twice to Real, including last week’s 4-2 extra time loss in Madrid that saw them eliminated 6-3 on aggregate.

“We are ready. Tomorrow is a big game for us,” Ancelotti said. “I think the game against Real cost us a lot of energy. But we have put it behind us and are now focused only on Dortmund.”

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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