Toni risks Van Gaal wrath
Luca Toni has risked Louis Van Gaal's wrath by stating he will not play any more reserve games.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 30/09/09 4:22pm
Luca Toni has risked Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal's wrath by stating that he will not play any more games for the reserves.
The striker is yet to feature for the first team under Van Gaal this season having been out with an Achilles tendon injury.
The Italian international has played in two reserve games to date in a bid to prove his fitness but the Bayern boss has ordered the 32-year-old to continue his rehabilitation with the second string.
Van Gaal is spoilt for choice up front with young Thomas Mueller impressing alongside Ivica Olic and Germany internationals Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez meaning the Dutchman can bide his time with Toni.
The former AZ Alkmaar head coach, who fell out with Franck Ribery over his fitness in the summer, has left Toni out of the squad to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, much to the frontman's annoyance.
"He wants me to play in the reserves again, but I don't think I will do that again," he said.
"I feel fit and I find it very unfortunate that I will not play against Juventus.
"I would have liked to have played against some of my friends from the Italian national team and to be shown on television back home."
However Van Gaal explained that he would be the judge on whether the former Fiorentina man was fit enough to play.
"Our friend Toni will not be participating," he stated.
"A player always thinks he is fit, but I am the one who decides, not the player. I have four fit strikers, that gives me more time for his rehabilitation."