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Successful op for David, launch in China

David Alaba, who sustained a stress fracture of the left foot in last Friday’s friendly against SSC Napoli, underwent successful corrective surgery on Tuesday. The 20-year-old will now report to the Performance Center at the Säbener Strasse facility on Thursday to start out on a physiotherapy programme. In the same match against the southern Italians, full-back Rafinha suffered ankle ligament damage. The Brazilian was at club headquarters on Wednesday for a session of sports rehab therapy.

Three weekend workouts
The travelling Bayern party returns to China early on Friday morning. Jupp Heynckes has given his men the rest of the day off, but in return, they are expected back at the Säbener Strasse on Saturday at 11 am for a standard training session, with two workouts on the schedule for Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm. All three sessions are open to the public, but one of Sunday’s sessions is likely to be a stamina-building run for the players in the adjacent Perlacher Forest.

Stars attend Audi Q3 launch
Bayern’s programme in China is packed to say the least. No sooner had the players battled an ecstatic crowd and made their way to the waiting team bus in Guangzhou, they were transported to Guangzhou Grammar School for a spectacular show to launch the Audi Q3. The event was attended by 600 guests, and players and officials from VfL Wolfsburg, Munich’s opponents in Thursday’s friendly match. At the end of the event, all the players signed a brand new Q3. It was reunion time for a handful of stars, including Wolfsburg’s Ivica Olic and Andries Jonker, newly-appointed assistant to Wolves boss Felix Magath, and for FCB signing Mario Mandzukic.