Bremen get Pizarro boost
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Claudio Pizarro's foot injury is not as bad as the player feared, according to Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf. Peruvian striker Pizarro, who is Bremen's top scorer this season with eight goals, told the Bild newspaper that he had "a hole in my foot", but X-rays confirmed he had only sustained severe bruising.

"He took a knock and his foot has swollen a little, but I don't think that it is so bad," Schaaf said. "We will just have to wait and see."

Even if Pizarro misses Saturday's clash with Cologne, Schaaf can at least welcome Marko Arnautovic back from a three-game suspension. "I am delighted that I don't have to sit in front of the television any more and that I can now help the team on the field," Arnautovic told his club's website. "I have to give 100 per cent in training and convince the coach to field me on Saturday."