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Extra workouts on Thursday

It was a beautiful November say in Munich on Thursday with sunshine and mild temperatures – and an official day off for the Bayern stars. However, that didn’t mean the Säbener Strasse facility was quiet, as the fitness specialists were kept very busy indeed by a number of the players reporting in for extra training. Lorenzo Buenaventura supervised Arjen Robben, Javi Martínez and Mitchell Weiser out on the practice ground, Andreas Kornmayer took charge of Tom Starke and Jan Kirchhoff in the weights room, and Thomas Wilhelmi continued with sports rehabilitation programmes for Thiago, Claudio Pizarro and Xherdan Shaqiri in the performance center.

Ribéry for France, Van Buyten for Belgium

On Thursday two Bayern men received not unexpected phone calls from their home countries. Franck Ribéry has been called up by France for the crucial 2014 World Cup play-offs against Ukraine on 15 November in Kyiv and 19 November in Paris. Daniel van Buyten has been named in the Belgium squad for friendlies in Brussels against Colombia and Japan on 14 and 19 November.