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Martinez comeback, debuts for duo

Javi Martínez spent 262 days on the sidelines with injury but the defender finally made his comeback in the away meeting with Leverkusen, and did so as a member of the starting line-up. The 26-year-old last played eight and a half months ago on 13 August 2014 in the Super Cup at Dortmund but tore a cruciate ligament in that match. His return on Saturday lasted 62 minutes when he was substituted after a composed display. “Obviously I’m happy. It’s time I started enjoying my football again,” Martínez said afterwards.

First time for Strieder and Görtler

The Leverkusen encounter also brought Bundesliga debuts for two FCB youngsters. Rico Strieder, the 22-year-old FC Bayern II captain, started the match and covered the full distance at left-back. And after 72 minutes, Pep Guardiola brought on Lukas Görtler for his first top flight appearance. The 20-year-old FCB II striker was only denied a goal with his first touch by alert Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno. Strieder and Görtler are the tenth and 11th players to be handed Bundesliga debts by Guardiola.