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Bayern Bulletin: Squad Fit, Wilshere to Sit, Rafinha in Good Spirits

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Bayern München stars return to team training, Arsenal dealt another injury blow, Rafinha on a high from South Africa, and Thiago talks Barcelona

Lennart Preiss
All But Badstuber In Play for Wolfsburg

Thomas Müller, Xherdan Shaqiri, Franck Ribéry, and Arjen Robben all returned to FC Bayern München training on Thursday, according to, giving manager Pep Guardiola the healthiest squad of his tenure.

"I have more options to make my decisions. That is better," Guardiola said on Friday [kicker].

Müller trained with Badstuber instead of joining his compatriots against Chile, while Shaqiri and Ribéry both got short spells with Switzerland and France respectively.

"I felt good. The minutes against the Netherlands were good to get into a playing rhythm. I am ready," said Ribéry.

Robben, who missed a chance to do battle with Ribéry in the Stade de France with a thigh injury, believes he is fit enough to take part as well.

"Everything is ok. I think I can be there on Saturday," said Robben.

Holger Badstuber was the only Senior squad player absent from full training, continuing his fitness build-up after multiple injuries.

Rafinha Pleased With Call-up Performance

Rafinha came back from South Africa all smiles after putting in a 90 minute shift for the Seleçao.

"It was super! Everyone praised me. I was a lot of fun," said Rafinha [Bild]

"The game was pleasant to play because of the climate. And the experience of the Champions League helps a lot in these moments." [Merkur]

Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari was pleased with both Rafinha's and Fernandinho's performance, both fringe players for the Brazil squad.

"Both apperances impressed me. I found both very interesting," said Scolari. "Rafinha reminded me of a fullback that played with me at Grêmio: Casemiro"

Wilshere out Six Weeks, to Miss Second Leg

Jack Wilshere sustained a fracture in his left foot in England's friendly with Denmark, what could be a finishing blow for Arsenal on several fronts.

The incident occurred when Daniel Agger went to poke the ball away from Wilshere, causing the Liverpool defender to slide right into Wilshere's left foot.

Mikel Arteta will be the primary candidate to replace Wilshere in central midfield for the time being, with Aaron Ramsey shelved as well.

Thiago to El Pais: "I owe Barça nothing more"

During his time with La Roja, Thiago Alcântara had a chance to talk to Spanish newspaper El País, one of the most circulated newspapers in Spain, about his decision to leave the club that raised him, Barcelona. Here are some intriguing words that resulted:

"I left Barcelona so I could be happy and could play football. I found in Munich what I was looking for.

"It was my decision. Nobody put a bullet to my chest. I did not have the confidence there I was, and for that reason I decided to leave the club.

"I will transfer to every club in order to not sit on the bench.

"...I am thankful, but I owe them nothing more."

El País via Merkur

Thiago made his first appearance with the Blaugrana when he was just 17 years old. The most work he received came in the 2011/12 season, Guardiola's last at the helm. Thiago started less than half of Barcelona's domestic matches and made just one apperance in the UEFA Champions League, although he did miss time with a knee injury. FC Bayern then purchased him for €25 million in the summer of 2013.