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Holger Badstuber returns to training in Munich

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The centerback was the first player to return to Munich and is ready for full training.

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Holger Badstuber is back!

Yes, after two years a three separate rehabilitation programs, Badstuber is back on the training field. He was the first member of the team to be back in Munich ahead of the trip to Qatar.

"The first workout after a holiday is always a bit tough, but it was fun."

"I'm heading into the second half of the season with renewed energy." I'm looking to make best use of the nest few weeks and continuously improve," Badstuber said. "So I recover the level I'd like to have. But I know I'll have to work hard for that.

Badstuber participated in dribbling, passing, heading, shooting, and sprinting drills with fitness coach Dr. Holger Broich keeping an eye on him. The club will hold their first official training session of 2015 on Wednesday.

His performances at the beginning of the Hinrunde were wonderful sign following the 20 months he missed with two different ACL surgeries. Badstuber showed that he's going to challenge the centerback hierarchy for playing time once he's fully fit.