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Jerome Boateng can start running in 1-2 weeks

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It's been just over five weeks since Jerome Boateng left Bayern Munich's 2-1 victory over Hamburg with an adductor injury that was set to sideline him until April. A recent medical check has Boateng right on track for that return, according to Sport Bild. Boateng can start running in 1-2 weeks.

The report goes on to state that Boateng is already back at Säbaner Strasse working on his rehab, with the world's best centerback already able to start cycling in the club's training center.

Since Boateng went down with his injury, Bayern have also lost Holger Badstuber and Javi Martinez to their own injuries. The club decided to bring in Serdar Tasci on loan since Medhi Benatia was also out with an injury, but Tasci was less than impressive on his Bayern debut.

Pep Guardiola has chosen to go with a centerback partnership of Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba in recent weeks, while hoping that Benatia returns to full fitness before throwing him to the wolves. Perhaps, the big Moroccan centerback will get his return start against Mainz on Wednesday.

If everything stays on track for Boateng, he could very well return to the field in time for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals at the beginning of April, as long as Bayern can get past Juventus in the Round of 16.