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Bayern Bulletin: Bale a Game-Time Decision, van Buyten Unavailable, Hertha after Contento

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Bale remains questionable, van Buyten tends to his birthing wife, and Kroos will not swap his jersey

Denis Doyle
Bale Returns to Training, Still Questionable

Gareth Bale rejoined his teammates in pre-match training Tuesday morning, although he remains a game-time decision for the first leg. After missing training Monday with the flu, Bale skipped Real Madrid's meeting at Valdebebas in order to prevent spreading his ailment.

Carlo Ancelotti also revealed that Marcelo, returning from a hamstring injury, will start on the bench with Fábio Coentrão starting at left-back.

Van Buyten returns to Munich

Due to the birth of his third child, Daniel van Buyten returned to Munich to tend to his wife Celine. Van Buyten was not on the team sheet in Braunschweig for the same reason.

Jerome Boateng, Dante, and Javi Martinez are the center-back options for Guardiola, who took 19 players with him to GermanyThiago Alcântara (knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh), Diego Contento (ankle), Tom Starke (elbow) and Holger Badstuber (knee) are all ruled out, although Badstuber and Contento did practice on Tuesday in Munich.

Manuel Neuer also put in a full training session Tuesday, increasing the likelihood that he will take the pitch in the first leg. Leopold Zingerle also traveled to Madrid as a precaution should Neuer be a late scratch.

Bild: Hertha wants Contento

Looking for depth on the flanks, Hertha Berliner SC fancies Diego Contento to put pressure on a "slacking" Johannes van den Bergh, according to Bild.

"The team needs to set up better offensively," said manager Jos Luhukay. "Our outside players deliver too little. Johannes gave only a sample this season."

Napoli is allegedly sniffing around Contento's services, and Bild also speculates that a club would need a €3 million bid for the left-back. Contento's contract runs until 2016 with Bayern München.

Kroos: "We will not swap jerseys"

Toni Kroos, nontraditional in his own way in the center of the park, will not be partaking in the tradition of swapping jerseys.

"We are not a closing time troupe that came to Madrid to swap jerseys," Kroos said in a Bild interview. "I know even without those memories that I played against some great players. The only jerseys I have are of buddies with whom I once played."