Having suffered muscle strains a few weeks ago, Medhi Benatia and Arjen Robben returned to full team training on Sunday in Bayern Munich's final preparations for the DFB-Pokal Semifinal against Borussia Dortmund. The club suggested the two could be fit enough to appear on the team sheet for Tuesday's match, but both would be a match time decision.
The two have been part of the long injury list Bayern has managed this season. Robben suffered an abdominal strain against Borussia Mönchengladbach in March, eliminating him from appearing for his club or country. Benatia suffered a hamstring strain two and a half weeks later, needing to come out during the first half of the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Robben is not sure he is ready to return to the field though. He shook his head adamantly when asked whether he would be fit enough to play at midweek.
"That is not the important question," Robben said on FCB.tv. "The important question easily is to be healthy again, to return healthy. We will see if I am, but we are ahead of the plan."
Once a side riddled with injuries, with academy and reserve players making up the bench, Bayern is slowly starting to get the squad fit again. Thiago Alcântara, Philipp Lahm, and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all now made full returns, and Javi Martínez made his first team sheet appearance of the Bundesliga season at the weekend. They are still without David Alaba, Holger Badstuber, and Franck Ribéry for the time being, but the returns of Benatia and Robben is certainly news the club wants to hear.
"Not too much rejoice yet," Robben said. "I need to concentrate and work hard, still work hard to get fit as fast as possible."