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Bayern coach Pep Guardiola says there is no timeframe for Schweinsteiger's return

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MUNICH — Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says there is no timeframe for the return of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger from his left knee injury.

Schweinsteiger has been named the new Germany captain, but the World Cup winner has not played since the tournament in Brazil. He will miss the upcoming 2016 European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Ireland.

PHOTO: Bayern's head coach Pep Guardiola shouts orders during the Champions League Group E soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich at the Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Bayern's head coach Pep Guardiola shouts orders during the Champions League Group E soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich at the Arena Khimki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

According to Guardiola, "Basti will come back," but he declined to speculate on a date. He says there is "no pressure" on Schweinsteiger to speed up his return.

Schweinsteiger is training daily at home, but Guardiola says "we play with the ball, not with the bike."

Guardiola says winger Franck Ribery also needs "more time" to return from his left knee injury.

Bayern leads the Bundesliga by two points and hosts Hannover on Saturday.

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