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Lahm on track, all-clear for Bastian

Things are looking up for Philipp Lahm! The FC Bayern captain is no longer wearing a splint and has set aside his crutches. Instead, he has mounted the exercise bike and started pedalling furiously. Two months have passed since the skipper broke his right ankle on the training ground. Lahm has been undergoing physiotherapy every day for the last few weeks, and moved on to the first stage of sports rehab training on Tuesday.

“I’m doing really well. It feels great to be rid of the crutches and in a position to go for it again,” Philipp told fcbayern.de when we met him in the Säbener Strasse performance centre. From now on the 31-year-old will report to rehab specialist Thomas Wilhelmi for drills to build up his stamina, power and manoeuvrability, with the intensity of the workouts to be steadily increased over the weeks to come. “It’s all going to plan,” Lahm reported.

Götze rejoins the team

There was also news of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who broke off Monday’s training session as a precaution after taking a knock on the ankle. Fortunately, the vice-captain has sustained nothing worse than bruising and was back training with the squad on Tuesday evening, where he was joined by Mario Götze, who is fit again after a groin strain. Elsewhere, Mehdi Benatia is making progress after a back problem. The Moroccan has upped the intensity of his individual training programme and is close to resuming the squad sessions.