Bayern Munich has started the preparations for Friday’s big game against Bayer Leverkusen. The first group of international players reported at Sabner Strasse on Tuesday after playing two games for their national teams. The second batch is expected to arrive at the training ground on Wednesday.
Along with the first group of international players, Bayern also welcomed back Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka in first-team training. They were initially expected to miss the game against Leverkusen after testing positive for coronavirus last week. Both players left Germany’s camp to go into isolation.
The return of Neuer and Goretzka is a big boost for Bayern. Since the team is going through a poor run of form in the Bundesliga, it is crucial that senior players are available on Friday to get Die Roten back to winning ways.
Neuer has been in fine form this season, so having him in the goal is crucial for Die Roten. Meanwhile, Goretzka has completely recovered from a knee injury. He did have an average game against Augsburg, but his performance against Barcelona in the Champions League two weeks ago helped Die Roten to clinch a 2-0 win at Allianz Arena.
Meanwhile, Kingsley Coman has been training individually at Sabner Strasse. The French winger is close to returning from a hamstring injury that he suffered a few weeks ago. Coman has excelled in the limited games he has played this season, so his return will be a boost for Die Roten.
Lucas Hernandez has been ruled out for the game against Leverkusen as he continues to recover from an adductor injury that he suffered against Barcelona. The French defender may return to action by mid-October as he was expected to be out for four to six weeks. Bouna Sarr is the long-term absentee for Bayern as he is ruled out until January.
Jamal Musiala is expected to be fit for the game against Leverkusen despite suffering cramps against England on Monday. The youngster excelled at Wembley Stadium as Germany played out an entertaining 3-3 draw against England. Alphonso Davies has also shrugged off an injury scare to start for Canada against Uruguay on Tuesday.
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Julian Nagelsmann had two weeks to find solutions to Die Roten’s problems in the Bundesliga. Having a big squad for Friday will help him in fielding the strongest start XI. The defending champions have struggled in both boxes over the last four games. Courtesy of poor performances in the league, Die Roten has slipped to the fifth position in the Bundesliga. The Bavarian club desperately needs a win against Leverkusen.