In October, Niklas Sule tore the ACL in his left knee during a Bundesliga fixture against Augsburg. Generally, recovery times for such an injury vary, usually ranging from seven to ten months for professional athletes. Sule’s rehabilitation has been going well, and now in further good news, the official Bayern Munich website announced that Süle completed his first session on the pitch today.
The lovable centre-back took part in a 25-minute session on the pitch at Säbener Strasse — a workout which largely consisted of some light running. After working hard to rehabilitate to this stage, Süle was understandably ecstatic to be back on the field. He said,
After almost four months of carrying out a similar programme every day in this gym, it was of course brilliant for me to get out today, to run again and smell the grass
Furthermore, Süle was pleased that there were “no complications” with his knee during his recovery in the past four months. He moreover can run with “absolutely no problems.” “That’s what counts,” he added.
Bayern have missed Süle’s presence in the back line during the time he’s been out. As a result, the defence has been often identified as the weakest part of Bayern’s team. Yet, even though Süle is back up and running, Bayern will still likely have to make do without him for the foreseeable future. Süle will need a few more months at minimum until he is ready for top-tier action. Many have even questioned whether he will be able to play for Germany at the 2020 Euros. One thing is clear: Bayern will be much better off when Süle returns, but Bayern fans may have to wait until the new season to see his “chonky” figure manning central defence again.