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Friday, May 17, 2019, 16:23
Bayern to play Frankfurt without Neuer and James
By Xinhua
Friday, May 17, 2019, 16:23 By Xinhua

Bayern Munich's German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (center) chats with Bayern Munich's Croatian head coach Niko Kovac (right) as he is substituted by German goalkeeper Sven Ulreich (2nd left) after getting injured during the German first division Bundesliga football match Fortuna Duesseldorf and FC Bayern Munich in Duesseldorf, western Germany on April 14, 2019. (RONNY HARTMANN / AFP)

BERLIN - Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and attacking midfielder James Rodriguez will be unavailable for the club's final Bundesliga match of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt, coach Niko Kovac confirmed Thursday.

Manuel Neuer has made good progress today. He's on the road to recovery, but he won't play at the weekend

Niko Kovac, Coach, Bayern Munich

"Manuel Neuer has made good progress today. He's on the road to recovery, but he won't play at the weekend," Kovac said. "James Rodriguez is also still out."

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Neuer has been sidelined since sustaining a calf injury against Fortuna Dusseldorf on April 14. It also remains unclear whether the captain will return for the German Cup final against RB Leipzig on May 25.

League leaders Bayern would seal a seventh successive title with a home draw against Eintracht Frankfurt, but defeat would allow Borussia Dortmund to pip them to the title if they win their match away at Borussia Monchengladbach.

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"In winter, we were still hopeful of winning the title," Kovac said. "Now it's in our hands and we intend to take our chance. We can't wait for the game."

Bayern's Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez have recovered from injury and will all be available for the game against Frankfurt.

Bayern Munich's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez (right) speaks with Bayern Munich's Bosnian Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic during the German first division Bundesliga football match Nuremberg v FC Bayern Munich on April 28, 2019 in Nuremberg, southern Germany. (CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP)

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