Per a new report by Bild+, Bayern Munich’s head doctor, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, will now have his own branch right at Sabener Straße, the club’s training facility. This is something that former manager Pep Guardioa always wanted to have; a team doctor right on the training grounds. Guardiola was known to have his fair share of disagreements with Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt, but his idea of having a doctor located within the club’s training facilities is something that has now come to fruition thanks to Niko Kovac.
Since Monday, July 8th, which was the first official day of pre-season training for Bayern, a sign outside of one of the buildings reads “MW,” for Müller-Wohlfahrt. Kovac essentially picked up where Guardiola had left off with this idea in 2016 when he left the club to become manager of Manchester City in the Premier League. With a relatively slim squad that has a track record of injury problems, Kovac probably felt the need to make this happen, in order to help all of the medical processes occur much quicker than they did before.
With the new medical branch on site, Müller-Wohlfahrt will also be joined by doctors Peter Ueblacker and Jochen Hahne, who is still a team doctor for Die Mannschaft as well as Bayern’s basketball team. Players that need medical attention will be able to be attended to immediately with either of the three doctors present, and the facility's newly built radiology equipment will also give the doctors the ability to scan and diagnose injuries a lot quicker. It essentially eliminates the need to travel to a medical center outside of the training grounds to receive MRI’s, cat scans, or x-rays.
In addition to the new branch at Sabener Straße, Kovac has added some new members to Bayern’s medical staff: Simon Martinello (fitness coach), Soner Mansuroglu (sports scientist and athletic trainer, and Florian Brandner (physio). Alongside Müller-Wohlfahrt, one of Martinello’s main projects thus far has been working on the rehabilitation exercises of new signing Lucas Hernandez, who has been recovering from a knee injury that required surgery in March.