Created on 24-07-2012 at 00:00 AM
Saturday's initial diagnosis of David Alaba's injury was a stress fracture in the left foot. The player reported to FCB chief medical officer Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt for a thorough examination on Monday, as a result of which the 20-year-old will undergo surgery on Tuesday. David sustained the injury in last Friday's friendly against Napoli and will be sidelined for some six to eight weeks. Rafinha, who picked up ankle ligament damage in the same match, does not require surgery. As of Monday, the Brazilian began reporting to the Säbener Strasse Performance Center for physiotherapy.
Lahm and Schweinsteiger in Munich
Following Sunday's lactate tests, captains Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger continued individual training programs on Monday. Supervised by fitness coach Thomas Wilhelmi, the pair spent the morning completing a series of benchmarking tests in the Säbener Strasse Performance Center. The Germany internationals then completed a 45 minute stamina-building run in Perlacher Forest, before reporting for a second training session in the afternoon. All in all, Lahm and Schweinsteiger face a schedule of eight fitness-building sessions from now until Friday, most of them without the ball.
Birthday boy Luiz Gustavo
The stars deplaned in Beijing on Monday a trifle weary and jetlagged following the nine-hour flight from Munich, but it was still a cheery occasion for Luiz Gustavo, as it was the Munich midfielder's 25th birthday. Prior to the afternoon training session, the squad applauded and congratulated their Brazilian team-mate.
Quote of the day
“It would have been better if Drogba had made the switch to Shanghai last April. If he had, we might have one more trophy in our collection."
[Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, asked his opinion on ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba’s move to the Chinese Super League]