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Inside Bayern - 11.03.2013

Ribéry ruled out of Arsenal clash

Bayern will be without Franck Ribéry in the Champions League Round of 16 return at home to English Premier League side Arsenal on Wednesday evening. France winger Ribéry sprained his left ankle in Munich's 3-2 home win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday and will not be fit in time to face the Gunners. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng also miss the game with suspension.

First visit for Kralovec
Wednesday's last sixteen clash at the Allianz Arena will be refereed by Pavel Kralovec, the first time the 35-year-old Czech will have taken charge of a game involving either side. Overall, Kralovec has officiated at six Champions League matches, including the 1-1 draw between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in this season's group stage.

Suspension risk for FCB pair
Bayern duo Dante and Javi Martinez go into the return leg against Arsenal desperately hoping to avoid yellow cards. Both players have been booked twice in this season’s competition so far, and would be suspended for a potential quarter-final first leg in early April on collecting another card.

Lang Lang at the Säbener Strasse
The club welcomed a VIP guest to training on Sunday when superstar pianist Lang Lang dropped in to see his favourite club. The world-famous Chinese musician, a dedicated Bayern fan, was in Munich for concert appearances at Münchner Philarmonie on Friday and Saturday, but seized the opportunity to visit the club’s headquarters and training facility the following day. Lang Lang was greeted by a clutch of Bayern players prior to training, with the group coming together again after the morning workout for a chat and to take souvenir snaps.

Podolski doubtful for Wednesday
Arsenal could be without Lukas Podolski when they travel to face Bayern in the Champions League on Wednesday. The former FCB forward is “not 100 percent fit," he revealed on his personal Facebook page. Neither Poldi nor the Gunners gave any more details as to the nature or severity of the injury. “But I hope to be fit by Wednesday. It's obviously getting on my nerves. I miss being out on the field playing football," the striker continued.