Bayern Munich finally gets some sort of good news on injured players on Wednesday.
It has been a torrid start to the year for Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions didn’t have the right preparation for Ruckrunde due to injuries to many first-team players. Die Roten also suffered a heavy 5-2 defeat against FC Nurnberg in their only friendly game during the winter break.
However, things are looking much more positive on the injury front right now than they were last week. On Wednesday, Die Roten received a massive boost as Serge Gnabry started training on the pitch at Saebener Strasse.
Gnabry travelled with the first team to Doha for the winter training camp. An achilles injury kept him out of training sessions, and there were serious doubts about his participation in the game against Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Kicker reports that Gnabry will be included in the squad for the game against Hertha.
Apart from Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski is also expected to be fit for the weekend’s game. The Polish striker missed the training camp due to a minor injury. His return will be a big boost because he has been the go-to man for goals this season.
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Meanwhile, Kingsley Coman suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury. Kicker says that Coman is ill at the moment, so he will have to stop training for a few days. The Frenchman has been out of action for more than a month.
Javi Martinez is on the sidelines for at least two more weeks as he suffered a hamstring injury against Wolfsburg in December. Jann Fiete-Arp and Lucas Hernandez have been training with the first team, so they are likely to be back in action soon. Niklas Sule is the only long term absentee for Die Roten as he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in October.
Hansi Flick has been publicly admitting that Die Roten need additions in the winter transfer window due to injuries. He has been stressing on the need of players in defense and attack. It will be interesting to see if he still thinks the same way about the attack after the return of Lewandowski and Gnabry.
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On the defensive front, Die Roten reportedly wants to add a right-back to the squad. Signing a right-back will make sure that Joshua Kimmich permanently moves into midfield. Many defenders in the market will suit Bayern, so the next two weeks could be interesting for Die Roten in the transfer market. For the time being, the club will be pleased with that injury concerns are slowly decreasing ahead of a tough second half of the season.