David Alaba had just returned to training earlier this week after suffering from tendon irritation that ultimately kept him out of the squad for Bayern Munich’s 5-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend.
Unfortunately, the Austrian was forced to train individually today, along with Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman, and Corentin Tolisso, who are all still recovering from their respective injury problems.
Alongside @ArjenRobben, Kingsley #Coman & @CorentinTolisso, @David_Alaba was also absent from training today. He completed an individual session.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 8, 2019
Whether the Austrian will be in the squad for tomorrow's game against Wolfsburg will be determined shortly. #MiaSanMia #FCBWOB pic.twitter.com/CiuEq2Hdmo
Alaba was initially expected to be fit on time for the match against VfL Wolfsburg, but it now remains to be seen whether he’ll be deemed healthy enough to take part in the encounter. In his press conference on Thursday, Niko Kovac spoke on behalf of Alaba, Leon Goretzka and Franck Ribery, saying, “they are in good shape and ready for the difficult game against Wolfsburg.” Kovac, however, would perhaps be better off not risking it and saving Alaba for the all-important clash against Liverpool in the Champions League next week at the Allianz Arena.
Wolfsburg has been in good form as of late, but as Bayern showed against ‘Gladbach, they should be able to do just fine with Joshua Kimmich at right-back and Rafinha at left-back. Goretzka has also been used as a makeshift defender before, too, although that didn’t work out so well in Bayern’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Augsburg in September. Hopefully Kovac will not choose to go down that route again.