Thomas Muller has missed Bayern Munich's last 7 matches across all competitions after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win over Hamburg back in October. Muller has resumed full team training this week and is expected to be available for selection Saturday when Bayern plays host to Hannover 96 at the Allianz Arena.
Ahead of this weekend's clash, as well as Friday's 2018 World Cup draw in Moscow, Muller spoke on a wide range of topics with Bayern's official Twitter account. When asked about his relatively lengthy injury spell, he expressed his frustration on missing some big matches, but remained focused on his rehabilitation:
@esmuellert_: "Of course it would have been nice to play in those big games. But I've simply being trying to get through my rehab and now I feel good." pic.twitter.com/z8qp9v58RR— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 30, 2017
Forward thinking, he admits, has helped him get through the recovery process without any speed bumps and has kept his head in the right place:
@esmuellert_: "I'm not one to dwell on an injury. We have taken things step by step in order to avoid taking any risks. I'm completely satisfied with my rehab." pic.twitter.com/o4TOzwXHhL— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 30, 2017
Incredibly eager to get back into the lineup for Bayern, Muller also highlighted that there's plenty of room for improvement coming off the disappointing 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend:
@esmuellert_: "We still have room to improve and a packed schedule ahead of us in the next few weeks. We want to put on consistent performances." pic.twitter.com/BMdE0LBmFi— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 30, 2017
Upcoming for Bayern in their packed schedule is a clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, a trip to a tricky Eintracht Frankfurt side, and rounding out the month of December before the winter break is the DFB-Pokal third-round encounter with Borussia Dortmund in what will be the third installment of Der Klassiker in the 2017/2018 campaign (including the DFL-Supercup final in August).
Lastly, Muller looked forward to the upcoming draw for the World Cup group stages, where Germany, the defending champion, has a spot in pot 1, and has the potential to be drawn to the same group against other high-quality nations. Muller relishes the chance to face top opposition, but is ready for whoever Germany's first three opponents will be:
@esmuellert_: "Of course we are excited for the #WorldCupDraw. There is of course intrigue there to find out whether we will draw one of the big nations in the group. Obviously you can't pick who you get drawn against." pic.twitter.com/pc66esVlCt— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 30, 2017