BERLIN - Brief news from the Bundesliga ahead of this weekend's matches:
Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose will not be ready to play at Schalke 04 on Saturday despite recovering from a torn thigh muscle.
He could now return after a four-week absence against Basel in the Champions League in midweek, coach Louis van Gaal told reporters on Friday.
Central defender Holger Badstuber, nursing a hip injury, is also still unavailable for fifth-placed Bayern.
Schalke, languishing fourth from bottom, could have defender Christian Pander back in their squad after the former Germany international spent 17 months out with a knee injury.
Pander has been training with the first team since Tuesday, said coach Felix Magath.
Third-placed Bayer Leverkusen expect to have first-choice keeper Rene Adler back at home to third from bottom Cologne on Sunday after he missed the midweek Europa League win at Rosenborg Trondheim with a back injury.
"We are hopeful he will play against Cologne," said team spokesman Dirk Mensch.comments