Alas! Leon Goretzka has finally resumed running on the Sabener Strasse training pitch after nearly a 2 month spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury that led to problems in his left thigh (FCBayern.com). He picked up the thigh problem when he was with the German National Team ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers against The Netherlands and Northern Ireland back in the beginning of September, forcing him to withdraw from the squad.
Just days after leaving Die Mannschaft’s camp, Goretzka had a successful operation on his left thigh and has since been working with Bayern’s physios and trainers on his personalized recovery and rehabilitation program. Earlier today, the 24-year old midfielder was seen completing some laps around the training pitch with one of Bayern’s fitness trainers, Thomas Wilhelmi. In addition to the laps, they also worked on some higher-speed runs to give Goretzka more progressive load to get his muscles used to those motions and mechanics again.
Last week, Niko Kovac mentioned that they’d be using the international break to continue adding load intensity on Goretzka’s road to recovery and hopefully have him back fully fit before Bayern’s packed fixtures list from the end of October into November.
Goretzka has been dearly missed in Bayern’s midfield and having him back in the squad will certainly give Kovac more options with his team selections moving forward. Hopefully he’ll pick right back up where he left off, which was scoring a goal and providing an assist in his only appearance of the season against Energie Cottbus in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
Some footage of Goretzka running:
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