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Injury update: Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka working his way back

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Sidelined with an injury, Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka is fighting to get back to fitness for Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund this weekend.

FC Bayern Muenchen Training Session Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

While his teammates enjoyed a day off, Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka was hard at work on the training ground in hopes of being able to play against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker this weekend.

Per Bild, Goretzka spent “a little more than 45 minutes” with fitness boss Dr. Holger Broich to help test his calf injury and fitness. In the session, Goretzka warmed-up, did some light drills with a ball, participated in “easy duels” with Broich, and also did some speed and agility work.

The good news is that Goretzka reportedly completed all of the drills without any issue. Hopefully that is a good sign for the weekend.

With Borussia Dortmund’s overall team speed, having Goretzka back in the midfield would be advantageous for Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick. The box-to-box midfielder brings an element of strength into the midfield and also excels in being a presence in his offensive end.

With two more sessions planned this week, Goretzka’s health will be monitored closely. If he is able to get back into playing condition, we should see him included in Flick’s XI for Saturday’s showdown with BVB.