Created on 19-09-2013 at 11:00 AM
We’ve all seen them celebrating at matches recently – but unfortunately, not out on the field. Mario Götze, Javi Martínez, Thiago, Holger Badstuber and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have been watching Bayern’s latest games from the stands. They feel the ebb and flow of the play, and cheer on their team-mates, but none of the men on the injury roster is currently fit enough to play. All are working their way through sports rehabilitation programmes, aiming to resume squad training as soon as possible. fcbayern.de reports on the progress being made by the injured quintet.
The most positive developments relate to Mario Götze and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, as both are close to the end of sports rehab. The pair are currently working out individually with the ball, but if all goes according to plan, Götze and Hojbjerg should be able to join in parts of the squad workout in a couple of days. Götze turned an ankle in the Super Cup against Chelsea some three weeks ago, while Hojbjerg damaged ligaments while appearing for the reserves four weeks prior to that.
Javi Martínez will be out of action for a little while longer, as the Spaniard underwent surgery two and a half weeks ago to fix a persistent groin problem. Martínez is off crutches and has begun stamina-building running. “I’m feeling better with every passing day. I hope I can be back helping the team very soon,” the world and European champion informed fcbayern.de.
Dental surgery for Javi
Martinez is also working out in the performance centre on a series of stabilisation routines and strength-building exercises. No date has been set for the defensive specialist to resume the team programme, because this will depend on how quickly the affected groin recovers from the operation. Everything is going according to plan at the moment, although the player cannott train on Thursday and Friday due to dental surgery.
Javi’s fellow countryman Thiago, who underwent surgery on 26 August to repair an ankle injury, will wear a protective boot as planned for the next three weeks. The summer signing will commence his sports rehab programme after that. However, Thiago is still reporting daily to the Säbener Strasse facility, working on stabilisation and mobility with the club’s fitness coaches. He is also working out in the weights room, performing strengthening exercise aimed at rebuilding the muscles in his injured and uninjured legs.
Cruciate ligament victim Holger Badstuber is currently in the USA. The Germany international will undergo a last round of surgery on his damaged knee in the last week of September, before gradually taking up his sports rehab programme.