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Robert Lewandowski has been working through nagging Achilles problems

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Lewandowski has been working on his fitness especially hard this off-season because of a lingering Achilles issue that was not previously known.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 31: Robert Lewandowski of Muenchen celebrates after scoring his team`s fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on March 31, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
FC Bayern Muenchen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 31: Robert Lewandowski of Muenchen celebrates after scoring his team`s fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on March 31, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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Robert Lewandowski; we love him when he’s scoring goals, some criticize him when he’s [almost always] linked to Real Madrid, and sometimes he’s scrutinized for having a negative attitude when things aren’t going his way. Regardless, one thing’s for certain, he is an incredibly gifted goal-scorer and one of the best, out-right number 9’s on the planet. Amidst yet another transfer window littered with rumors of a potential move away from Bayern Munich, the Polish international took to his Instagram earlier this week to more or less pledge his allegiance to Bayern for the upcoming season with a picture of himself at Sabener Strasse - the caption read: “New season, new hopes, new goals. Now it’s time for hard work to make it happen.”

Per a report by Bild, Lewandowski made a point this summer to really work independently on his strength and conditioning after Poland’s World Cup exit. Bild also learned that he’d been struggling with a mild and sporadic Achilles tendon issue, and because of that, wanted to work extra hard on his conditioning to ensure that he was as fit as he could be upon returning to Sabener Strasse. Despite this, he only missed a total of two matches through injury during the 2017/2018 campaign en route to scoring 41 goals across all competitions and collecting his third kicker Torjägerkanone (29 league goals) in five seasons.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 12: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates with the award for top goal scorer in the Bundesliga during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfB Stuttgart at Allianz Arena on May 12, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Robert Lewandowski celebrates with the award for top goal scorer in the Bundesliga 2017/2018.
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Lewandowski, along with most of Bayern’s World Cup stars, returned to training last week, and most of his teammates, along with Niko Kovac’s staff, were impressed by how fit Lewandowski looked when he arrived - the extra work he put in on holiday is evident. He did sit out last Saturday’s session due to a minor knock and was reduced to just training in the gym, but it was primarily a precaution to keep him out of full training on the pitch.

A fitter, stronger, more conditioned Robert Lewandowski will give Niko Kovac and Bayern plenty of confidence heading into the new campaign as they’ll collectively be out to win the club’s seventh consecutive Bundesliga title and make a strong push in the Champions League - another treble would be nice!

Lewandowski is more than ready to fight for his and Bayern’s success this season:

Fight!

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