James resumes squad programme

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On Tuesday James was on the ball again after sustaining muscular problems in the match against Besiktas, and on Wednesday the Colombian took the next step towards his comeback as he resumed parts of the squad programme. Only long-term absentees Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer were missing. Arjen Robben completed the full squad programme.

James was visibly delighted with his return. The 26-year-old caressed the ball, pulled off tricks and was beaming from ear to ear despite the workload. Jupp Heynckes & Co had compiled a demanding session the the FCB pros.

After a day off the Bavarians worked up a sweat, performing running and sprinting exercises before turning in intense rondo drills in a very confined space. The high tempo meant there was no rest for the Bayern pros. James subsequently returned to the performance centre to continue his individual rehab programme, whereas his colleagues performed rondo drills on a larger pitch.

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