Van Buyten makes comeback in bid to face Chelsea
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Belgium defender Daniel Van Buyten has made his comeback for Bayern Munich's reserves in his bid for a place in next Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea.

With Bayern trio Holger Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo and David Alaba all suspended for the final at Munich's Allianz Arena, 34-year-old centre-back Van Buyten is back in contention for selection. After four months out with a foot injury, Van Buyten played 62 minutes of Bayern reserves' 3-0 defeat at home to Ingolstadt reserves on Friday night.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has said he will only think about picking Van Buyten to face Chelsea if the towering centre-back "has played again", as the defender made his last Bundesliga appearance in January.

The Belgian, who has made 66 appearances for his country, travelled to Berlin today to watch Bayern take on German champions Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final at the Olympiastadion.