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Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso optimistic about return from injury in March

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After being sidelined for just about four months, the Frenchman is ready to get back on the pitch.

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Corentin Tolisso is seen during a rehab training session at Aspire Academy on January 7, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by M. Donato/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Corentin Tolisso recently sat down for an interview with Bild to extend his thoughts on his ACL injury and a possible return date. It’s been just about four months since he originally sustained the injury, and it’s easy to see how eager he is to get back into the Bayern Munich midfield.

About his mindset during long road to recovery:

Every day, I’m working hard to be back with the team. That drives me. I’m in the mood to be back on the pitch with my teammates and to show what I can do. That’s my big goal, that’s what drives me. I want to show what I can do and help the team.

After winning the World Cup with France, Tolisso certainly doesn’t have much else to prove. But at the same time, we haven’t seen him in action for a long time. He hasn’t been able to follow the evolution of Niko Kovac’s tactics out on the field. So in a way, Tolisso still has to prove to his coach that he has something to offer the team that no one else can.

When will he get that opportunity? Tolisso was very candid with his response:

I think it’s realistic that I’ll return to the pitch and the team in March.

Returning in March would mean that the 24-year-old would make a full recovery from an ACL tear in six months. That’s definitely at the quick end of the timetable, especially when rehabbing such a serious injury in a sport where so much running and tension is required of your knee. The good sign is that Tolisso’s already running again, so hopefully that ligament will be back to full strength soon.

Since Tolisso is the only remaining Bayern midfielder with an injury, the prospect of his return is exciting. Gone are the days of having to pick between only Thomas Müller, Leon Goretzka, and Javi Martinez. Is it possible that come March we have an entirely healthy Bayern midfield? Such a thing doesn’t come around very often for the record champions, and will surely help their cause of catching Dortmund and progressing deep into the Champions League.