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Badstuber returns to the training ground

Holger Badstuber is back out on the training ground. Some three months after sustaining a ruptured thigh muscle in the Bundesliga meeting with VfB Stuttgart, the centre-back resumed outdoor training on Monday, supervised by fitness coach Holger Broich. The 25-year-old centre-back initially completed 30 minutes of coordination drills and re-acclimatisation with the ball, before going for a 30-minute jog. Badstuber will now continue his sports rehab programme through to the winter break. However, no date has been set for the Germany international to resume the full squad programme.

Benquerença in charge

Olegário Benquerença from Portugal has been appointed referee of Bayern’s sixth and final Champions League group game at home to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. The 45-year-old match official is no stranger to either team. Benquerença has twice refereed Champions League matches involving FCB: a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in 2008 and the 2011 meeting with SSC Napoli. The Portuguese has taken charge of games involving the Russian champions three times, with CSKA winning one and drawing the other two. Wednesday’s contest is Benquerença’s 40th match in Europe’s elite club competition.

Quote of the day

“When Sebastian Rode comes on, the grass has to watch itself in case it gets scorched. He’s on fire out there!”
(Thomas Müller on his team-mate Sebastian Rode.)