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Boateng increases training load

It is hard for Jérôme Boateng to be an onlooker, unable to help. But for the time being, FCB's defensive pillar has no other choice: a groin injury has forced him to the sidelines since the Bundesliga restart match on 22 January. As a result Boateng watched last week's 120-minute thriller against Juventus from the stands. “Fortunately it all went well, but it was very, very emotional for us all,” the world champion told on Tuesday: “Of course I bounced up and down. It was an incredible atmosphere at the stadium.”

The Germany international wants to enjoy these experiences from the turf again as soon as possible. He still has to be patient, but the defender is making good progress. Following a favourable MRT scan, the 27-year-old is now able to further increase his training load and complete two sessions per day. “It's good news. Of course I want to return as soon as possible, but I don't want to promise anything, I mustn't overdo it,” said Boateng.

The centre-back aims to “play in the Champions League once more” this season: “I hope I can return and help if we get through to the semi-finals.” Most of the Bayern pros will enjoy a few free days over the Easter weekend, but Boateng will continue his rehab work. However, even he intends to take a short breather with his family on Easter Sunday.