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Training in Munich

Injured trio on road to recovery

When Bayern go in search of a fifth trophy of the year this Saturday they will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber, but the injury roster at the club is set to shorten early in the New Year, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reported on Thursday at Munich’s team hotel in Marrakech.

Vice-captain Schweinsteiger is rapidly recovering from ankle surgery and is “to all intents and purposes already in mid-season training,” Rummenigge said. “He’s already training at a very high level with runs and sprints, and we’re assuming he’ll be able to play a full part in squad training when the team travel to Qatar on 5 January,” Rummenigge exclusively informed “He should be completely fit in time for the restart,” the chairman earlier told a press conference.

Robben is also well on the road to recovery. The Dutch ace sustained a deep cut to the knee in FCB’s 2-0 cup victory over Augsburg and has been sidelined since then. “As it stands I think he might be able to come with us to Qatar but would have to pursue an individual programme,” Rummenigge said. A more exact prognosis is impossible at the moment “because the wound was stitched three times in layers. I don’t know how quickly it will heal. But he can at least walk on it again.”

In the case of Badstuber “it’s going to take a little longer,” Rummenigge remarked. The central defender underwent a final cruciate operation in September and has begun sports rehab training. “He’s hoping to be running again in three or four weeks. He says he’s in good shape and the knee feels better than it did after his first operation. It all seems to be going very well.”

In the few remaining days before the mid-season break, the injured trio will remain in Munich for treatment and sports rehab and will not be present in person for the FIFA Club World Cup final against Raja Casablanca. It had been thought the club might fly the players out to Morocco to watch the match.