As reported by Bayern Munich, Leon Goretzka, who recently underwent surgery, was able to rejoin team training at the Bayern complex today. Goretzka was out for a thigh injury yet enjoyed an excellent rehabilitation in what will be a needed boost for Niko Kovac’s midfield — a midfield which could do with the tenacious, box-to-box style and pace the former Schalke man offers.
In further encouragement for Kovac and his men, David Alaba was also back playing after sitting out both of Austria’s international fixtures on account of his hairline rib fracture. This may be an even bigger boost than Goretzka’s return, since the defense instantly becomes more solid with the left-back’s presence. Alaba’s return allows Lucas Hernandez either to drop back into his more accustomed center-back role replacing Jerome Boateng or to take a much-needed rest. Moreover, Alaba will ensure that Alphonso Davies is not needed at left-back. While Davies is great, it’s still too early in his development for himself to count as a Bayern quality fullback.
The final player to make his return to practice was new signing Michael Cuisance. The Frenchman had been playing for France’s under 20 team after some encouraging displays both for Bayern Munich II and the first team. There’s no doubt that all 3 players will play a part in Bayern’s aspirations in the next few months. Let’s hope the impetus generated by their arrival helps Bayern get back to where it belongs!