Return of Pizarro bolsters Bayern strikeforce

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Bayern Munich should be able to field their first-choice strike partnership for tomorrow's Champions' League meeting with Chelsea after Claudio Pizarro declared that he had fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

Bayern Munich should be able to field their first-choice strike partnership for tomorrow's Champions' League meeting with Chelsea after Claudio Pizarro declared that he had fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

"I feel fit and I have no more problems," said the Peruvian international after coming through a training session yesterday. The Dutchman Roy Makaay, Pizarro's regular partner up front, returned for Bayern in Saturday's 2-1 win at home to Borussia Mönchen-gladbach. Both Makaay and Pizarro missed Bayern's 4-2 defeat in the quarter-final first leg in London last week.

Their return should boost the German side's chances of staging a recovery. Pizarro scored two of the goals in Bayern's 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Olympic Stadium in the previous round, while Makaay has notched up seven goals in the competition this season.

In France, two goals by Pierre-Alain Frau gave leaders Lyon, who visit PSV Eindhoven in the Champions' League on Wednesday, a hard-earned 2-2 draw at struggling Nantes on Saturday to extend their lead in Ligue 1 to 14 points.

Marseilles conceded more ground when they lost 1-0 at Racing Strasbourg, Mamadou Niang netting the winner in stoppage time. Lyon have 66 points from 32 games, while Marseilles are level on 52 points with second-placed Lille who have a game in hand.

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