Created on 11-12-2012 at 00:00 AM
Winter has well and truly come to Munich. Another eight inches of snow fell on Monday night, blanketing the Säbener Strasse facility in white. It all looked festive and Christmassy, but the holidays are not yet here for the stars, as the squad reported for duty on Tuesday morning to begin preparations for the meetings with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday and FC Augsburg in the cup next Tuesday.
Jupp Heynckes supervised a group comprising almost all his players. Manuel Neuer was forced to pull out of the annual fan club visits on Sunday with a stomach upset, but he was well enough to train two days later. Claudio Pizarro also completed the session after shaking off the flu which kept him out of the Champions League meeting with Borisov and the Bundesliga trip to Augsburg.
Robben raring to go
Arjen Robben also took part in the squad workout, joining the rest of the group for the warm-up before reporting to fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer to continue his individual sports rehab programme. Luiz Gustavo was also hard at work. The Brazilian is currently recovering from groin surgery and resumed jogging last week. He spent Tuesday with senior fitness specialist Thomas Wilhelmi on a range of strength-building routines.
Lukas Raeder is in a similar situation as he works his way back from cruciate ligament surgery. The 18-year-old backup keeper started running again two weeks ago, and is now fit enough for light goalkeeping training with specialist coach Toni Tapalovic. The only men not out on the training ground were Holger Badstuber (cruciate) and Emre Can (ligaments), who reported to the performance centre for exercises tailored to their current stage of recovery.
All-clear for Martinez
The rest of the squad made light of the squally snow showers to work on passing and positioning, before the session closed with the conventional practice match. There was a brief moment of concern after a collision between Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, causing the Spaniard to fall awkwardly and prompting him to break off the session as a precaution.
The 24-year-old immediately reported to chief medical officer Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who was able to give the all-clear shortly afterwards. “Fortunately, he's only sprained a knee," Müller-Wohlfahrt informed fcbayern.de. Javi will complete a reduced training programme on Wednesday, but should be fully fit for Thursday's final workout prior to the Gladbach clash. The defensive specialist is not rated doubtful for the last two matches of 2012.