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Injured duo

Badstuber and Kirchhoff making good progress

Sports rehab training is arduous and demanding, as Holger Badstuber and Jan Kirchhoff can confirm. The FCB defenders have both had poor luck with injuries in recent months, but things are looking up at last as the pair have recently returned to the training ground. The centre-backs are out on the turf at the Säbener Strasse facility almost every day. asked how things are going:

How are you doing Holger?

Holger Badstuber: “Getting back outside and running is a very important step in rehab training. It feels very good to have my whole body moving again, slowly but surely slipping back into the groove. It’s great when you sense progress and start to sweat again. Slowly but surely, I’m relearning the feeling of being out there on the pitch. I’ll be running more intensively soon, and at some point I’ll have the ball back at my feet. It’s hard to say when. You have to take each day as it comes.”

Holger Badstuber (26) sustained a ruptured muscle in his left thigh on 21 April in the Champions League quarter-final return against FC Porto, just after he had made a successful comeback for Bayern and Germany following a tendon injury in the autumn. The FCB youth product made 12 appearances in the second half of the season. He has been back out on the training ground since mid-August.

And how’s it going for you Jan?

Jan Kirchhoff: “Rehab is going really well and I’m completely on track. I notice that I’m making progress every day, and that means the hard work is actually fun. We’re training once or twice a day, including power and speed-building drills. My injured foot can take every burden now. Naturally, it feels great to be doing my running out on the pitch. It gives you the feeling you’re coming closer to actual football training. I’ve also had the ball at my feet again. We’re now slowly building up the intensity of my running. After that, it won’t be long before I’m training with the team.”

Jan Kirchhoff (24) was loaned to Schalke from January 2014 to June 2015 but was forced to undergo Achilles tendon surgery in mid-June. He made 18 appearances for Schalke last season, most recently on 16 May. He started running again some 10 days ago.