The talented young midfielder helped Frankfurt to a stunning season last year - finishing sixth in the Bundesliga.
It was this form that saw him linked so heavily with a move away from the club in the January transfer window - unfortunately the Premier League rivals were too late.
It was confirmed at the beginning of January that Rode had already agreed his next destination - as he would be signing a Bosman deal with Bayern Munich in the summer.
Rode suffered cartilage damage to his right knee against Werder Bremen last weekend. He was expected to miss the next six months and to have surgery on the affected joint.
Bayern reportedly wanted their own physio, Dr. Thomas Muller-Wohlfahrt, to assess the player’s condition before signing off on any deal.
Well it is good news for Rode and bad news for any hopes of an English hijack - as he has been given the all clear.
Earlier today he shared this message with fans via his official Facebook page:
Hello dear fans,
Today I went to get a second opinion about the extent of my injured knee to study with Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt. I am pleased with the positive diagnosis that surgery is not necessary!
Rode will still miss the rest of the season - and will then join Bayern Munich in the summer.
And it seems a final line can be drawn underneath this storm in a teacup - and Arsenal and Liverpool can look elsewhere.
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