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Van Bommel recovery ‘right on schedule’

Six members of the senior squad trained outside on the practice ground this Friday, but punishing exercise was going on indoors at the same time too. During the break for internationals, just as much effort is being expended in the Bayern weights room as out on the hallowed turf, as the performance centre is the place where a number of stars are working towards comebacks.

One of those is club captain Mark van Bommel. Three and a half weeks after undergoing surgery on his left foot to repair a ruptured tendon and broken big toe, the 32-year-old is completing a daily programme of power and stamina training, plus stabilisation exercises. Afterwards, he is reporting for treatment to physiotherapist Stephan Weickert.

“I’m right on schedule,“ Van Bommel explained to, correcting a report in a Munich daily claiming he would be spending far longer on the sidelines than originally expected. The Dutch midfielder is currently wearing a protective orthopaedic boot, but will be cleared to resume jogging as soon as the injury has fully healed.