In his pre-match press conference, Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac gave an update on several players with question marks over their current health or match fitness.
Alphonso Davies has been cleared for full training and will be available for Sunday’s match against Fortuna Düsseldorf. This is most welcome news for the Canadian youngster after suffering a knee injury against Mainz while celebrating scoring his first goal. With a relatively easy opponent in Düsseldorf — a term to be used with extreme caution — there are relatively good odds that he may see some late minutes.
Among those who will be seeing zero minutes, however, is Franck Ribery. The elder French statesman has come down with an illness that has kept him out of training for the last three days. Kovac has made the decision that he will be unavailable for Sunday’s match. This could be even more reason for optimism that Davies will see meaningful minutes.
Corentin Tolisso, who suffered a devastating ACL tear against Leverkusen in September, has been progressing nicely but still needs more time. Kovac reassured fans that Tolisso’s collision with Thiago Alcantara in training had no adverse effects on his rehabilitation. ACL injuries are fairly common among professional athletes, but nonetheless difficult to recover from. So far, there is nothing to be concerned about regarding Tolisso’s progress.
Arjen Robben remains out, but he was able to train individually on the pitch today.
Nach den Aussagen gestern und Einheiten im Leistungszentrum heute mal wieder individuell auf dem Platz! @ArjenRobben hofft stabil in den nächsten Wochen trainieren zu können! Bedenken bleiben bei ihm nach Rückschlägen zuletzt@SkySportNewsHD @SkySportDE pic.twitter.com/mGjotPDfix— Torben Hoffmann (@Sky_Torben) April 12, 2019