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Olic resumes training

Striker aims to feature in Lautern duel

As of Saturday, Ivica Olic became one of the quickest men on the Autobahn thanks to his new company car, a 326 horsepower Audi A8. The Croatia international is picking up speed on the training ground again too. The 2,000 or so fans who flocked to the Säbener Strasse facility on Monday saw Ivica resume the team training programme after an eleven day lay-off.

“It was good and I’m satisfied,” the player told fcbayern.de after completing a 90-minute workout. Olic suffered no reaction to the injury and was able to place a full training load on his left knee in sprint and passing exercises, and a six-against-three match. “I felt good during the sprints, and the other exercises weren’t too difficult,” he remarked.

Cartilage problems

Olic damaged cartilage tissue after taking a blow to his knee while on duty for Croatia in a 1-1 friendly draw with Slovakia. “The knee was a bit swollen,” the striker said. After two days of rest, and treatment from the medical team headed by Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, the swelling began to recede.

The player and the medical staff will now observe the injury for any signs of a reaction. “It's important the knee doesn’t swell up again. We’ll simply wait and see for a few days,” said Olic, “I hope everything’s OK and that I can play on Friday evening. That's my target.” Bayern travel to face FC Kaiserslautern on Friday in their first away fixture of the new league season.