Per a report by kicker, both Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara have passed fit and will be available for selection this weekend in Bayern Munich’s match against Werder Bremen. Bayern are in desperate need of a win in the league to avoid losing even more ground on leaders Borussia Dortmund, so having both Coman and Thiago back and available for selection will come as a huge boost.
Thiago has missed the last five matches across all competitions due to a torn ligament in his ankle and his presence in the center of Bayern’s midfield has been dearly missed. He suffered the injury during Bayern’s narrow 2-1 over SV Rodinghausen in the second round of the DFB-Pokal on a rainy night in Osnabrück.
Coman has made remarkable recovery time from the ruptured syndesmosis ligament in his ankle that he suffered in the first match of the season, which was a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim. He was initially expected to be sidelined until at least the start of 2019, but a timely, successful operation combined with a disciplined recovery regiment has seen him come back into the fold much earlier than anticipated.
Bayern’s front office did raise some concerns earlier this season for the nature in which players in the squad were picking up injuries. Opposing teams, they felt, executed unnecessarily rash challenges that weren’t being punished enough. Essentially, the felt as if the Bayern players were not getting enough protection from the officials. Both Coman and Thiago picked up their respective injuries as a direct result of hard, unnecessary challenges, so hopefully officiating crews have taken a closer look to try and ensure the player’s safety.
The kicker report also reveals that Mats Hummels missed out on the Champions League match against Benfica due to a stomach illness and that it remains unclear at this point whether or not he will play a part in the match against Werder Bremen.