Both Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich have been given the green light after receiving knocks during Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Werder Bremen. Ribery was forced to come off in the first half due to a thigh problem, and Kimmich complained of discomfort in one of his knees after the final whistle had blown. Fortunately for Niko Kovac and Bayern, neither of the injuries appears to be serious, and both players will be able to proceed with normal training in preparations for the weekend clash with FC Nürnberg, per FCBayern.com.
The fact that both Kimmich and Ribery are fine is an added boost, especially since Thiago and Kingsley Coman made their respective returns from injury layovers in the win over Werder Bremen. Coman had been sidelined since the first match of the Bundesliga season with an ankle injury, while Thiago had missed all of Bayern’s matches in November (five total). Having both of them back gives Kovac plenty of options in midfield, a luxury he’s lacked for most of the season thus far, especially after Corentin Tolisso tore his ACL back in September in the 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Additionally, Bayern also performed fitness tests under the supervision of Dr. Holger Broich and his team of specialists at the gym inside Säbener Strasse. This is the last full week that Bayern can enjoy without a midweek fixture before the holiday break. Hence the performance tests were completed now while the players have more than enough time to recover prior to the Nürnberg match on the weekend. The same performance tests were performed back in July by Dr. Broich for all of the players who weren’t out on international duty at the World Cup.
Have a look at some of the highlights from the tests from Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, and Alphonso Davies: