Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf is expected to turn to strikers Miroslav Klose and Ivan Klasnic as the Bundesliga side look to make home advantage count in the first leg of their Champions League first knockout round tie against Lyon.
The prolific front pair both sat out Saturday’s 4-1 win at Nurnberg, but Klose is expected to recover from illness while Klasnic is fit again after a thigh injury. Bremen’s “K-and-K” attack managed seven goals between them during their side’s impressive group stage campaign, and Schaaf is looking to the front pair to add to that tally against the French champions.
“Both of them have trained well and could make the starting lineup,” the Bremen coach said.
“But then again the other players have done well in their absence.”
Lyon go into the game having taken a last-gasp point from their trip to Monaco and are dominating in Ligue 1.
The point in the Principality came at a cost, with long-term casualty Claudio Cacapa aggravating a knee injury and will miss the clash in Germany.
Cacapa’s absence is likely to prompt coach Paul Le Guen to field Michael Essien at centre half, while young striker Bryan Bergougnoux faces a late fitness test on his ankle.
A blow for Le Guen is that talented full back Anthony Reveillere will miss out with an ankle strain, but the return of striker Sylvain Wiltord will pep up Lyon’s attack.