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Xabi Alonso, Robben and Co hard at work

Despite having the day off, a couple of first team players reported to the training ground at Säbener Strasse on Wednesday to complete individual sessions. Xabi Alonso, who has been working in the performance centre over the past few days due to a foot problem, joined in with the running session. Arjen Robben sprinted across the pitch at full speed. Thiago is continuing to work on his comeback. And: Rafinha and Mitchell Weiser trained with rehab coach Thomas Wilhelmi including some ball work. The duo are set to return to full training. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still working in the performance centre.

Bernat sits out U-21 draw

Juan Bernat remained on the bench on Tuesday night as the Spain U-21s drew 1-1 with Austria. It was the first point dropped by the Spaniards in the last qualifier for the 2015 U-21 European Championship in the Czech Republic. Spain had already qualified for the play-offs as group winners so they did not field their strongest eleven in Puertollano. Pablo Sarabia put the hosts in front on 50 minutes but Michael Gregoritsch levelled five minutes into added time for Austria, who finished second in the group. However, they are not among the four best group runners-up and miss out on a play-off place.

Hamburg clash live on national TV

Bayern’s DFB Cup second round trip to Hamburger SV will be shown live on German national TV by free-to-air state broadcaster ARD, the German FA (DFB) announced on Tuesday. The cup clash kicks off at 8.30 pm CET on Wednesday 29 October.