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Positive news for luckless Zickler

Published: Thursday 18 March 2004, 16.00CET
FC Bayern München's Alexander Zickler does not need surgery on his broken leg and could be back in August.

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Published: Thursday 18 March 2004, 16.00CET

Positive news for luckless Zickler

FC Bayern München's Alexander Zickler does not need surgery on his broken leg and could be back in August.

FC Bayern München striker Alexander Zickler should return to fitness in time for the start of next season after receiving good news about his broken leg.

Bad break
The 30-year-old suffered the second break to his shin in eight months during a reserve match on Friday, just as he looked like returning to first-team action. Zickler has been told he will not need surgery on the injury, although he will have to wear a special cushioned boot, and could be back in training inside three months.

Positive news
Zickler was given the positive news by the highly regarded Salzburg-based specialist Dr Gerhard Oberthaler. The player, who has been with Bayern for more than a decade, has had more than his fair share of injuries including a calf problem in April 2002 and a fractured tibia in March 2003.

Not giving up
"I've thought about giving up for good," Zickler told the club's official website. However, Bayern have pledged to renew the player's contract in the summer and he is determined to repay their faith. "I've been through so much already, I'm not going to throw in the towel now. There is no way I want to end my career at this point."

Last updated: 18/03/04 19.25CET

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