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Bone screw removed, Thiago recovery continues

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Good news from the Bayern medical unit: Thiago Alcántara, who ruptured a syndesmosis ligament in late August, has taken the next step on the road to a full recovery with the surgical removal of the bone screw from his injured right ankle. The latest, scheduled operation was a success. The summer signing from Barcelona is now ready to start a full sports rehab programme. Thiago has worn a special support boot for the last few weeks and has been unable to apply any training load to the injured leg.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst visits Guardiola

Giovanni van Bronckhorst, former Netherlands captain and currently assistant coach with Feyenoord Rotterdam, was a visitors to Bayern’s Säbener Strasse facility on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 38-year-old observed the club’s training sessions and also met up with coach Pep Guardiola for an exchange of views. Van Bronckhorst played for Barcelona from 2003 to 2007.

Löw to field Lahm at right-back

Joachim Löw intends to continue playing Germany captain Philipp Lahm at right-back. “He’s the best full-back in the world. For the time being, he’ll be in the team at right-back,” the national coach announced on Wednesday. In the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, Germany face Ireland in Cologne on Friday and Sweden four days later in Stockholm, needing one more win to confirm their place at the 2014 finals in Brazil next summer. Lahm has recently played as a holding midfielder for Bayern.