Bayern Munich appears to be trying to get out in front of keeping its players healthy this season. With a heavy rotation, Niko Kovac has utilized many of the players on his roster over the past two weeks, but the club is even taking greater steps by holding out defender Lucas Hernandez for “load management.”
With a history of knee issues and a heavy workload of late, Hernandez was held out of practice today as a proactive measure to rest and relieve some of the physical stress that the 23-year-old has been under of late.
As captured by Sky reporter Torben Hoffmann, training went on today without Hernandez, Leon Goretzka, and David Alaba:
Missing @leongoretzka_ @David_Alaba and @LucasHernandez @FCBayern. Load management for the French after the last weeks! @SkySportNewsHD @SkySportDE
Load management has become a hot topic in many sports, particularly the NBA, but with Hernandez less than a year removed from experiencing knee issues, Bayern Munich appears to be playing it safe — and smart — with one of its core players.
As for Alaba and Goretzka, there has been no official timetable for either player’s return, but it has been reported that Alaba could return on October 1st for Bayern Munich’s Champions league showdown against Tottenham Hotspur. Both players have an individual training regimen at this stage.