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Philipp Lahm begins rehabilitation process following ankle injury

Philipp Lahm has been cleared to start rehabilitation exercises for Bayern Munich

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Philipp Lahm fractured his ankle on the 18th of November as Bayern Munich were heading into the stretch run of the hinrunde. Now just days over 2 months to the day since that happened Philipp Lahm is taking his first steps towards getting back into the Bayern Munich lineup. Or more accurately he's taking his first pedals.

According to the club, Lahm had his splint and and crutches removed and is now capable of starting rehabilitationactivities in preparation for hie return to the first team. Speaking to the club, Lahm said "I'm doing really well. It feels great to be rid of the crutches and in a position to go for it again." For now that 'going for it again' will probably consist of riding a stationary bike, though I would be remiss if I didn't remind Philippp Lahm that riding a bike and playing video games at the same time is a great way to not realize you've ridden 25 miles and re injure yourself. Be careful Philipp.

With an original return timeline of 3 months, Philipp Lahm seems to be right on track for returning prior to the beginning of March and a stretch of 4 fixtures in 10 days against Braunschweig, Hannover, Shaktar Donetsk, and Werder Bremen. If ever there was a fantastic stretch of games for Lahm to ease back in from injury, it's that series against some notably woeful opposition.

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