After a three-month spell on the sidelines due to injury, Jerome Boateng is set to make his return to the Bayern Munich squad for Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal first leg against Atlético Madrid. The 27-year-old has made the trip with the first team to the Spanish capital after missing three months of action.
The Germany defender suffered a serious adductor muscle injury in Bayern's 2-1 win over Hamburg in Bayern's first game off of the winter break back in January, and returned to first team training last week. Speaking to Bild newspaper last week, Boateng pumped the breaks on a possible Champions League comeback for the semifinal. "Let's wait and see," he said. "The Atletico match is a goal. But I have to make sure I am ready. I don't want to take any risks, and maybe get injured again. I need to have trust in myself and then I'll certainly be back."
Bayern will still be without Holger Badstuber, while Arjen Robben continues to work on his recovery. Bayern have been eliminated by Real Madrid and Barcelona in the semifinals of the competition the past two seasons, and will look to do one better this time around.