Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  

Klose doubtful against Chelsea

German international striker Miroslav Klose revealed he is doubtful for Werder Bremen's Champions League Group A match against Chelsea on Tuesday due to a thigh injury.

Klose picked up the injury in Bremen's first round cup penalty shootout defeat to minnows FK Pirmasens on Saturday and said the injury was still troubling him ahead of the trip to London.

"If the game was today (Monday) I could not play," Klose admitted Monday.

Bremen will be desperate to get their star man fit for the group opener as they bid to come out of a tough group containing Chelsea and reigning champions Barcelona.

The 28-year-old Klose has been in the form of his life topping the Bundesliga scoring charts with 25 goals last season and then winning the golden boot for the World Cup's top scorer.

If Klose loses his fitness race Egyptian international striker Mohamed Zidan or Portuguese forward Hugo Almeida will deputise.