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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 08:49 GMT 09:49 UK

Schumacher return 'too risky'

Michael Schumacher (left) returns to aid Eddie Irvine's title chances

Michael Schumacher's decision to return to Formula One action for the last two races of the 1999 season, has been heavily criticised by his German manager.

BBC News' Andy Swiss: Schumacher excites a lot of interest in Malaysia
In a German newspaper, Willi Weber claimed the dual world champion's return from injury carried with it enormous risks.

"What will happen if he has another accident? He won't only be compromising his health, but also next season," he said in Die Welt newspaper.

Schumacher announced last Friday that he would be back behind the wheel of his Ferrari for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and the last leg of the season in Japan on October 31, in a bid to boost team-mate Eddie Irvine's title chances.

This month's double bill in Asia at Sepang and Suzuka is decisive for Irvine's bid to become world champion, Ferrari's first for 20 years.

The Ulsterman's chances of making up the two points which separate him from reigning champion Mika Hakkinen will be boosted by the return of Schumacher, who takes over from Finnish stand-in Mika Salo.

Schumacher had his right leg broken in a crash at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix in July.

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