Injury to Werder's Klose not as serious as feared

January 26, 2006

BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Werder Bremen's German international striker Miroslav Klose should be back playing in three weeks after his shoulder injury proved less serious than feared.

Klose, the leading scorer in the Bundesliga and a key member of Germany's World Cup squad, suffered the injury after slipping on an icy pitch in Bremen's 3-1 defeat by St Pauli in the German Cup on Wednesday.

Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said he could be out for three months but that estimate was revised downwards by the club on Thursday following a scan.

'I'm pleased that he won't need an operation,' Schaaf told reporters.

Klose should now be fit for Bremen's Champions League first leg clash at home to Juventus on Feb. 22.

Bremen, in third place in the Bundesliga eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich, are away to Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday in their first league match back after the long mid-season break.