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Workouts continue on day off

Pep Guardiola gave his squad the day off on Friday, but even though there was no scheduled training session, a small group of players still made their way to the Säbener Strasse facility and reported to fitness specialists Andreas Kornmayer and Lorenzo Buenaventura for an extra workout. Arjen Robben and Javi Martínez continued their comebacks from injury, and were joined by junior quartet Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mitchell Weiser, Ylli Sallahi and Lukas Raeder for the session. Bastian Schweinsteiger worked with Thomas Wilhelmi on the next stage of his sports rehab programme.

Franck hoping to be fit for Frankfurt

Franck Ribéry was unable to play a part in the midweek victory away to Stuttgart, but the France international did join Robben, Martínez and Daniel van Buyten, who were also sidelined for the thrilling 2–1 victory, in completing a training session on Thursday. “We didn’t want to take any risks,” explained Ribéry, who sat out the VfB match with a sprain. “But I’ve been able to train very well today,” the winger continued, “I’m hopeful of playing against Frankfurt on Sunday.“

Match official Meyer

Florian Meyer from Burgdorf will referee Bayern’s first home game of 2014 against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday. The 45-year-old will take charge of his second match this season involving FCB: the club world champions were held 1–1 by Freiburg on the previous occasion. The FIFA referee will be assisted by Frank Willenborg (Osnabrück) and Christoph Bornhorst (Damme), with Stefan Strautmann (Hannover) as the fourth official.