Created on 02-05-2015 at 20:18 PM
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.