It’s been a season once again hampered by injuries for Bayern Munich, so much to the point that their final two matches of the hinrunde saw a bench almost entirely comprised of reserve players. However, in the press conference previewing Bayern’s opening match of the Rückrunde, Hansi Flick confirmed that both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry would be and in the squad.
Lewandowski is coming back from his recovery and rehab following a minor groin operation, while Gnabry is returning from an Achilles tendon problem that kept him out of training briefly during the winter break. Both players trained individually during the past week; Lewandowski in Munich at Sabener Strasse, and Gnabry in Qatar at the winter training camp.
Bild reported that Gnabry stayed on the pitch at Säbener Strasse today after the team’s main training session to work on shooting drills along with Sarpeet Singh under the supervision of assistant coach Hermann Gerland. Per the report, Gnabry had a smooth training session and looked as sharp as ever without requiring any interruptions, which is a fantastic sign for Bayern.
Gnabry also showed up to the training grounds with a new hairstyle, sporting a buzz cut as he had done for large portions of last season. Flick made sure to sneak in a comment about Gnabry’s new look during the pre-Hertha Berlin press conference:
A brief update on Lucas Hernandez
Flick also gave a fitness update on defender Lucas Hernandez, who’s been out for an extended period of time with an ankle injury. The defender, he said, is the closest to making his return from injury out of the laundry list of players still currently injured. With limited options in defense with the amount of injuries Bayern has experienced in that department, Hernandez’s return will certainly be a massive boost when the time comes:
#Flick: "@LucasHernandez is currently closest to returning. He will train on the pitch again today. We want to ease him in step-by-step in the coming weeks."@Javi8martinez and #Coman must continue their recovery training.#FCBayern pic.twitter.com/ee7xbXLAxt— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 17, 2020