Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed injured midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund in Berlin while striker Mario Mandzukic has been dropped.
"Schweinsteiger is injured, he has had a little knee problem since the match against Stuttgart (last Saturday) and Mandzukic is my decision," Guardiola said in a press conference on Friday at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
Bayern's vice-captain Schweinsteiger has not trained all week with a knee strain and Guardiola said he still expects the defensive midfield star to play for Germany at next month's FIFA World Cup™.
"This is our last game, so you would have to speak to the coach (Germany's Joachim Low), but I hope he will go to Brazil," said Guardiola.
Guardiola's decision to leave Mandzukic out of the Bayern squad draws questions about the Croatia striker's future in Munich. "He did not train on Monday and Tuesday but he could have played in the final," said Guardiola with Mandzukic, who is under contract until 2016, having scored 33 goals in 55 league games since joining Bayern from Wolfsburg two years ago.
"Again, this is my decision, that's all," Guardiola said. "I have 18 players for the big game." This is not the first time Bayern have dropped Mandzukic this season after the 27-year-old, Bayern's top scorer for the last two seasons, was left out at the start of the year following a series of poor training performances.
Lewandowski to feature
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is set to face future employers Bayern Munich in Saturday's German Cup final in Berlin despite a calf knock. The 25-year-old, this season's Bundesliga top-scorer with 20 goals in 33 league matches, suffered the injury after scoring twice in last Saturday's 4-0 league win at Hertha Berlin.
He sat out training on Thursday as "more of a precaution" and Dortmund Klopp's confirmed his star striker will be fit to make his final appearance in the Dortmund shirt before leaving to join Bayern next season. "We were very careful with him, he'll be ready to race on Saturday," added Klopp.
Lewandowski has said he wants to bow out after four years at Dortmund with another title having scored a hat-trick in Borussia's 5-2 drubbing of Bayern in the 2012 final. "This is not the time to talk about memories, but Robert has had a perfect development in Dortmund and I hope it will not be the end," said Klopp.
Australia goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak, who has been included in the Socceroos' provisional 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ squad, will miss the cup final as Dortmund's reserve goalkeeper after damaging knee ligaments. But the 25-year-old does not need an operation and is expected to be fit for Brazil.