Javi Martínez revealed what he hopes the timeline for his knee could be when speaking with reporters on Tuesday, although he still does not know when he can once again take the field for Bayern Munich.
I hope I can train with the team in March, but it depends how good the knee is," said Martínez. "I am getting better everyday. The knee is better, but I do not know when I can return to the team.
Martínez tore his ACL in the DFL-Supercup in mid-August, but traveled with the team to Doha, Qatar to train on the side. He has been working hard on his return since, but he does miss the soccer ball.
"I have never been without the ball for a long time. I want to try to touch the ball with my foot and make a pass or something," said Martínez. "Watching my teammates play sometimes makes me sad. My exercises are much more boring. It hurts in the head."
Martínez has not been the only one training on the side; the club announced that Mehdi Benatia has had some continued back issues and has not trained since their first training on Saturday.
"We have no prognosis on how fast he can return to training," Matthias Sammer told the club website. "That is the only point that is a little frustrating right now."
The club has not provided their own estimation of when Martínez could return, but they did provide one on Tuesday for Philipp Lahm. The Bayern captain could return in February after fracturing his ankle in mid-November in training.