Bayern striker Harry Kane passed fit for Der Klassiker


Manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Bayern Munich striker Harry Kane has been declared fit to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Kane, aged 30, sustained an ankle injury during a 5-2 victory against Darmstadt before the international break.

Although he joined the England squad, he did not participate in the 1-0 defeat against Brazil, opting instead to return to Germany for recovery. Consequently, he was absent for the subsequent 2-2 draw with Belgium.

“It’s all fine, he’ll play [against Dortmund],” Tuchel said.

Kane made the switch from Tottenham to Bayern in August for an initial fee of 100 million euros (£86.4 million). He currently leads the scoring charts in the German top flight with 31 goals in 26 appearances.

In November’s Der Klassiker, Kane secured a hat-trick as Bayern secured a 4-0 victory over Dortmund.

However, Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer remains sidelined due to a thigh muscle tear sustained during training with the German national team last week.

Neuer, aged 38, is anticipated to make his comeback for the Heidenheim match on April 6, potentially positioning him for inclusion in the lineup against Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Emirates Stadium on April 9.

“Manuel Neuer is out. It’s nothing to do with risk. The pain is simply too great. We hope a week is enough,” Tuchel said.

Bayern currently trails Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen by 10 points, with Dortmund positioned a further 10 points behind in fourth place.

The title of ‘Der Klassiker’ is bestowed upon Bayern-Dortmund encounters due to their longstanding rivalry at the summit of German football.

In February, Bundesliga champions Bayern made public their decision that manager Tuchel would depart at the conclusion of the season. Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso was strongly linked with the managerial position at Bayern.

However, Alonso effectively dismissed any speculation regarding his potential move to Bayern this summer during a press conference on Friday, affirming that he will not be leaving his current role.