Thomas Muller knock vs. Paderborn
Thomas Muller sustained a bruised thigh in the buildup to Kingsley Coman’s opening goal in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 victory over SC Paderborn on Tuesday night. He was replaced by Corentin Tolisso in the 32nd minute and looked to be in a considerable amount of discomfort, gingerly making his way to the sidelines as he went off. Jupp Heynckes gave an update on Muller’s status after the match, remaining hopeful that he’ll be available this weekend vs. Schalke (FCBayern.com):
Thomas sustained a bruised thigh. We’ll have to see how things go in the next few days. I hope he’ll be fit on Saturday.
Thiago and Javi Martinez complete full team training
Thiago Alcantara continued on his road to recovery from the thigh injury that’s kept him sidelined for 11 weeks now—it was the first time he’s completed a full team training session since picking up the injury back in November. Javi Martinez was also present for full team training after being left out of the squad in Paderborn due to a sprained ankle he suffered in training last week.
Jerome Boateng recovers from illness
Jerome Boateng also missed the trip to Paderborn, on account of a stomach bug going around the team, but is working his way back. He is expected to be in contention to play on Saturday vs Schalke. He trained individually with Peter Hermann, Bayern’s assistant manager.
Bonus: Tolisso fired up moving forward
Corentin Tolisso has arguably been a beneficiary of Thiago’s extended absence from the squad, having seen increased minutes with the Spaniard unavailable for selection. Tolisso has tallied a total of 6 goals and 5 assists across competitions thus far, the most recent of which came in the form of his headed goal against Paderborn. His two positive performances against Mainz (in the league) and Paderborn (DFB-Pokal) helped his side to two important victories, and he’s focused on the upcoming matches (FCBayern.com):
We’re playing well and scoring lots of goals. We need to carry on that way. We have important games coming up, starting on Saturday against Schalke. We have big challenges ahead and we’re ready for them.