‘Overjoyed’ Martínez resumes team training

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Javi is back! Some eight months after sustaining serious knee damage Javi Martínez resumed the team training programme at FC Bayern on Wednesday. "It's just fantastic! I'm overjoyed," the Spaniard informed FCB.tvafter the workout. However, the midweek squad session was "only the first step," the midfielder warned, "I know I have a lot of work ahead of me yet."

Martínez received a noisy welcome when he emerged onto the practice ground at the Säbener Strasse facility on the day after Bayern's majestic 6-1 victory over Porto in the Champions League, as fans and team-mates alike applauded and saluted the 26-year-old. Martínez was visibly moved: "They were cheering and clapping for me. I guess they're all delighted for me," the midfielder commented.

Martínez ruptured the cruciate ligaments in his left knee during the German Super Cup meeting with Borussia Dortmund in mid-August 2014. A surgical repair was carried out in Vail, Colorado, before the player embarked on months of sports rehab training. The defensive utility man is now looking optimistically to the future: "I hope I can pick up a few minutes' playing time very soon."

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