Bayern suffer Bastian blow

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Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger fears he will miss a "decisive moment" in the season after picking up a shin injury.

The German international is unlikely to face Schalke in the Bundesliga on Sunday after picking up the problem during Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw with Fiorentina.

"I don't know if I will make it for the weekend," he said. "I want to play in it because I feel it is a decisive moment in the Bundesliga."

Bayern are currently four points adrift of league leaders Hoffenheim following an inconsistent opening third to the Bundesliga season.

Meanwhile, at the foot of the Bundesliga table, Energie Cottbus have fined Igor Mitreski and dropped him from the first team following his recent verbal attack on the club.

The Macedonia defender blasted the hierarchy of the struggling club and suggested there was lack of fitness among his team-mates in a magazine interview.

Mitreski has now paid the price with a €10,000 fine and his place in the first team.

"Every single player has a responsibility for the discipline in the team," said coach Bojan Prasnikar. "Criticism is okay, if it is voiced internally. We have to accept each other and be aware of our responsibility for our sporting aims.

"Whoever behaves like that has to deal with the respective consequences."

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