Bayern Munich to face Monchengladbach without Schweinsteiger - report

The influential midfielder is still being plagued by ankle problems and it is believed he won't feature. The Fohlen, meanwhile, will welcome back Patrick Herrmann from injury

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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes could be forced to postpone Bastian Schweinsteiger's return to the starting XI as the midfielder is expected to be sidelined for Wednesday's DFB Pokal semi-final clash at Borussia Monchengladbach due to injury, Kicker reports.

The 27-year-old tore ankle ligaments in February, but returned to match action in the Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim earlier this month.

However, the Germany international endured a recovery setback ahead of Saturday's 6-0 league win over Hertha Berlin, and will now reportedly be ruled out of this Wednesday's encounter at the Borussia Park.

Schweinsteiger last started for the Bavarians in early February in the DFB Pokal quarter-final win over Schalke. His absence will likely see Luiz Gustavo and Toni Kroos feature as Bayern's holding midfielders.

Gladbach have received more encouraging news from the treatment table, however, as Patrick Herrmann has announced his fitness and intends to play on Wednesday. The 21-year-old suffered a fracture in his shoulder on February 18, and has since been sidelined. However, he has trained with a shield for the joint, and expects to be fit.

"I trained without problems, everything went well. I also fell a few times on the shoulder, the armor holds very well, I felt nothing," he told Express. "There is currently nothing in my way for an appearance on Wednesday. I am fit."

Monchengladbach have beaten Bayern twice during the 2011-12 campaign. In their most recent clash, on January 20, Herrmann scored twice in a 3-1 victory.