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Bayern Munich battling the injury bug heading into Leverkusen

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The Reds could have a different look against Bayer Leverkusen minus a few stars

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Robert Lewandowski is among the walking wounded for Bayern.
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Bayern Munich may have an abundance of talent, but with that talent comes to the need to handle it with care. With Arjen Robben finally back in the fold and ready to contribute, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, and Mats Hummels have all been on short-term injury/illness watch.

Below is a quick update on the Bayern Munich all-star trio as the team prepares to kick off Rückrunde vs. Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

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Kimmich as seen working in Doha.
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Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich has spent the last week battling a cold, but has been declared fit. Kimmich is back to full training and has even undertaken some extra work to ensure he is game ready. The über-talented right back will be a welcome sight in the lineup for Bayern.

Kimmich was scratched at the last minute from Bayern’s friendly match against SG Sonnenhof Großaspach with slight back pain, as the club confirmed.

Robert Lewandowski

The world-class Polish striker has not been able to complete full team-training and is working on his own to regain his health. Battling a balky patella ligament, Lewandowski remains doubtful to make his second half debut on Friday.

The Sandro Wagner acquisition seems all the more vital now and also provides Bayern with the flexibility to give Lewandowski as much time as he needs to reach 100% fitness. Lewandowski himself was a huge proponent of Bayern adding a formidable back-up so he could not only rest when needed, but also so the team would still have a capable replacement ready.

Mats Hummels

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Hummels worked hard in Doha, but is still not game ready.
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Even with Jerome Boateng and Niklas Süle, Hummels has been Bayern’s most steady, reliable, and consistent center back. Hummels is working through an adductor injury, however, and has been unable to participate in team training, opting for individual sessions instead.

Again, Bayern’s exceptional depth should provide Hummels the opportunity to get fully healthy before returning to the line-up, but it may be another week or so before Hummels is able to suit up.

Longer term Bayern Munich injuries

Meanwhile, Manuel Neuer, Thiago Alcantara, and Christian Früchtl (torn ankle ligament) are also still on the mend. Neuer’s target return date is still fluid, and Thiago also does not have a concrete timetable for his comeback, as Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told the club’s website.

“Manuel Neuer is off crutches and starting his programme. We’ll give him all the time in the world to get fit again,” Salihamidzic stressed. Thiago is also making good progress with the “healing process looking good” at his last examination. “However, he suffered a bad muscle injury and we hope he recovers quickly because he’s an important player for us.”

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Neuer is still on the mend.
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