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Heynckes’ decision

Schweinsteiger and Lahm excused China trip

The Bayern squad will depart for China on Sunday evening without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm. The club captains will instead pursue an intensive basic fitness program at the Säbener Strasse facility in Munich, before resuming the team schedule once the squad returns from China on 27 July. The news was announced by head coach Jupp Heynckes on Friday at the Trentino training camp.

“This decision began to form in my mind during the European championship," Heynckes reported. “I monitored Schweinsteiger's performances for Germany very extensively and closely. I know Bastian very well. You can learn a lot from his movements, gestures and expressions, and I drew my conclusions from that."