Following major international tournaments, fans always wonder when the players will return to their clubs for preseason training. For a club like Bayern Munich, which sent 12 players to Russia, that’s a whole half of the squad that will not be available for full training. Now, thanks to Kicker, we know exactly when Kovac will get his players.
The German contingent and Robert Lewandowski will begin training in Munich on Wednesday, July 25. Säbener Straße will see Lewandowski joined by Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Leon Goretzka, Manuel Neuer, Sebastian Rudy, Joshua Kimmich, and Niklas Süle. They’ll go through the initial steps of training with assistant coach Peter Hermann, who stayed behind in Munich, until the rest of the team returns from the United States.
Thiago Alcantara and James Rodriguez will meet up with the club in Miami ahead of the friendly match this weekend against Manchester City. However, the two will only train with the club and won’t be involved in the match itself, since they will have only just returned to training.
World Cup champion Corentin Tolisso will receive the same full four-week vacation that every other player in the club gets. He thus will not join the team for training until after the DFL Supercup against Eintracht Frankfurt on August 12.
Kovac thus will not have the full squad together for another two and a half weeks. Bayern fans should bear that in mind, since the beginning of the season might be a little rough, given the staggered return of the players.