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Bayern Munich’s Lucas Hernandez aims for comeback by end of January 2020

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Preparing for the Rückrunde, the Bundesliga’s most expensive signing of all time has been on the sidelines due to an internal ligament tear in the ankle.

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Bayern Munich’s €80 million signing Lucas Hernandez has yet to show new coach Hansi Flick his footballing abilities on the pitch. The defender has been sidelined since late October by a ligament tear in his ankle, bringing his sporting year to a premature end in a 3-2 victory over Olympiacos in the Champions League.

For 2020, however, Hernandez wants to come back already by the end of January:

I’m getting better and better, I’m still about ten days away from rejoining the team, then I would like to get back in slowly... My goal is to participate fully in the preparations for the second half of the season and attack with the team by mid to late January.

Hernandez also praised interim coach Hansi Flick and sees no reason why Jogi Löw’s former right-hand man should not stay at Bayern:

Why shouldn’t he stay? He’s doing good work and we are delivering good performances under him. If it continues that way, I can definitely imagine that he stays until the end of the season.

Lastly, Hernandez wished Niko Kovac all the best, although he felt that the chemistry between him and the team was sorely strained in the end.