It has been a rough stretch for Bayern Munich as illness is hampering the squad’s effort to prepare for Borussia Monchengladbach.
With Arjen Robben already set to return next week and Kingsley Coman (muscle tear) and Corentin Tolisso (knee injury) also both still out, Niko Kovac will need his locker room to get healthy to make it through the match against Die Fohlen.
Bild’s Heiko Niedderer (@itstheicebird) reported that Mats Hummels and Sven Ulreich returned to training today, but the squad was still without Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery, due to illness and also minus Leon Goretzka, who is nursing “tendon irritation.” David Alaba also missed the session, but no reason was provided for his absence.
Bayern-Training startet - noch immer ohne Neuer, Ribéry, Goretzka, Alaba! Immerhin Ulreich und Hummels wieder dabei. #FCBayern— Heiko Niedderer (@itstheicebird) February 28, 2019
Bayern training starts-still without Neuer, Ribéry, Goretzka, Alaba! After all, Ulreich and Hummels at it again. #FCBayern
Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski missed training earlier in the week, but apparently have returned to training according to the report. Lewandowski had missed with an illness, while Thiago was resting a minor knock.
UPDATE [7:45AM EST]
Kovac announced at his press conference that Alaba missed practice with tendinitis and could be back as early as tomorrow’s practice. The absence sounds more precautionary than serious.
Also, Ribery is going to miss the game against the Foals with what must be a very severe illness.
Niko Kovač: "Franck Ribéry will miss saturday's game with a stomach problem. Alaba is suffering from a tendonitis but could be back in training tomorrow. Hummels is back. Neuer is still out with a flu" #BMGFCB pic.twitter.com/Cy8wNVImkW— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 28, 2019