Created on 05-01-2013 at 00:00 AM
Daniel van Buyten has made just four appearances this term, two in the Bundesliga and one apiece in the Champions League and DFB Cup. The 34-year-old currently has a total of 328 minutes on the pitch this season, a relatively poor return for the long-serving Belgian, who is nearing 200 games for Bayern since joining the club from Hamburg in mid-2006.
“But things are looking up again," the centre-back said on Saturday at the training camp in Qatar. A persistent calf injury, bruising to the ribs and two nasty bouts of flu hindered the muscular defender in the first half of the season. “Every time I came back and was feeling good, something else got in the way," he reflected.