Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is closing on a return to full first team training.
Bayern Munich have been handed a welcome boost through the news that Bastian Schweinsteiger is closing on a return to first team training.
The experienced 29-year-old midfielder has been missing since last November when he had ankle surgery following his last competitive game against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
The news provides Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola with a lift ahead of the European champions’ huge game against Arsenal next month, with Schweinsteiger more than likely to feature in both legs.
The winter break in Germany means that Bayern have five games between now and when they take on the Gunners, allowing Schweinsteiger extra time to recover from his ankle problem and increase his fitness in training.
“I am able to do the exercises I'm instructed to do very well. I am confident it won't take too much longer. I have to be patient and take things one step at a time. I'm happy with the way things are going and hope they'll continue to improve,” he told fcbayern.de.
Fortunately for Bayern they are in a position where Guardiola could fast track him ahead of the club’s next competitive game on January 24 away to Monchengladbach.
The German side are currently at a training camp in Doha, which is serving as a way for the fit players to maintain their levels of sharpness while allowing recovering stars to progress comebacks from injury problems.
Bayern’s chances of beating Arsenal are much greater with Schweinsteiger than without him.
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