Crocked Bayern defender set to return in time for Arsenal clash

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has timed his return from injury perfectly, with Arsenal on the horizon.

The German international has been missing for a staggering 18 months, with his last apperance for Bayern coming in December 2012, where he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in their 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.

The defender was expected to return in the summer of 2013, but in May last year, he suffered a major setback as he required yet more surgery on the same knee. Having missed half of last season and all of this season so far, Badstuber's hopes of making Joachim Loew's World Cup squad looked bleak.

But it seems the 24-year-old is making superb progress, and could even be involved against Arsenal in the Champions League having taken part in his first training session in over a year.

"To be able to walk on the pitch for the first time in seven months is an amazing feeling," said Badstuber, who was pictures ad the Bayern training ground with fitness coach Thomas Wilhelmi over the weekend.

Yet, after so long out of action, it will no doubt take a while for Badstuber to adjust to the pace of first-team football again. With the likes of David Alaba, Dante and Jerome Boateng holding positions in central defence or left back – where Badstuber features – he may not see regular action for some time, but he will be looking to make the most of his appearances in a bid to make a valiant late push for the Germany squad.

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