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Holidays over

Ribéry and Demichelis resume training

The process of the first-team squad returning to full strength after the summer break took another step forward on Sunday. Franck Ribéry and Martin Demichelis are back in Munch, and reported to the Säbener Strasse on Sunday morning to begin preparing for the new domestic and European season.

Demichelis joined Daniel van Buyten, still anxiously waiting for his partner to give birth to the couple’s first child, in a demanding stamina-building workout with the ball, whereas Ribéry moved to the next stage of his sports rehabilitation programme, supervised by fitness specialist Thomas Wilhelmi.

“I’ll need another week to ten days before I’m ready to start training with the squad again,” reported the Frenchman, who had surgery on both groins in late June. Director of sport Christian Nerlinger is hoping Ribéry, who was roundly applauded by the knot of fans watching from the touchlines, “will be fully fit for the start of the season.”

Demichelis and Ribery are the first of the total of 13 FCB men who featured at the World Cup to report back to the Säbener Strasse for pre-season training. Club captain Mark van Bommel and the other ten Dutch and German internationals are set to resume training on 2 August, after which the coaching staff will bring the late arrivals up to the fitness levels of the players who reported back at the beginning of the pre-season period “step by step”, as Louis van Gaal put it.

All the senior squad members who took part in the training camp at Lake Garda were also at the Säbener Strasse on Sunday. Following the previous evening’s 5-1 friendly victory over a Trentino regional XI, their workout comprised light exercise and regeneration routines. Ivica Olic and Co have Monday off, with the next squad training session scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6 pm.