After leaving practice following a scary collision with Bayern Munich U-19 player Angelo Stiller, Javi Martinez is back on the training ground. The knock suffered to his knee was not serious enough to keep the Spaniard on the sidelines long-term.
@Javi8martinez returned to the training pitch today after yesterday's injury scare. #FCBayern #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/DasNfNGEyA— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 18, 2018
The situation definitely took a turn for the better as Bayern is severely shorthanded at center back heading into friendly matches with Paris Saint-German, Juventus, and Manchester City. While not a true center back, Martinez can certainly help fill that void until the likes of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, and Niklas Süle return from holiday; and Lars Lukas Mai heals from his injury. In addition, with so many midfield players all vying for field time, Martinez will surely want to take advantage of the extra opportunities to impress Niko Kovač and his coaching staff.
Where Martinez fits in the overall picture for Kovač remains to be seen. A true defensive midfielder, Martinez will likely need to rely on his ability to play center back at times to give himself more options to contribute. The summer transfer window could help thin out the heard of midfielders in Munich, but until that happens, it will be a very competitive and contentious time as each player is seeking a defined role under Kovač.