Much like every season, Bayern Munich has been hampered with injuries this season, but the pause in matches due to the corona crisis has given some of their stars plenty of time to recover and get fully fit again. The Bundesliga is set to restart this weekend and Bayern’s first match of the restart is on Sunday against Union Berlin, which starts the truncated finish to the season where Bayern will be playing matches every 3-5 days. Per a new report from Az, Bayern will have the fresh boost of having both Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic fit and available for selection to face Berlin.
Lewandowski suffered a fracture in his left tibia where it connects to the knee joint back in February during Bayern’s 3-0 first leg win over Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16. At the time of diagnosis, it was feared that the Polish ace would miss at least a month of action, including the second leg against Chelsea, der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund, and potentially even the first leg against the next opponent in the Champions League, assuming there’s not an implosion in leg 2 against Chelsea. With the corona crisis, Lewandowski hasn’t missed any of those matches and is fit for the foreseeable future.
Hansi Flick does have some decisions to make regarding Lewandowski, though. The striker is only one yellow card away from having to serve a one match suspension due to cumulative yellow cards. Walking a disciplinary tight rope with the Dortmund clash looming large is slightly troubling, so perhaps Flick may choose to rest Lewandowski for the Eintracht Frankfurt match, which is in between Union Berlin and Dortmund. He could also limit Lewy’s minutes against Frankfurt or just start someone else up front, but that’s his deicison to make.
Ivan Perisic had been out injured for the better part of the past two and half months after sustaining an ankle injury in February. The Croatian winger had been in a decent run of form before Alvaro Odriozola caused his injury during a training session, but Perisic is fully fit and ready to go. With Philippe Coutinho likely out for the rest of the season, having Perisic back in the fray will give Flick some necessary depth in midfield.
Elsewhere in the squad, Coutinho, Corentin Tolisso, and Niklas Sule still remain on the club’s injury list. Sule, however, could soon make his return. He is only recovering from a minor setback after experiencing some edema in the knee that had the cruciate ligament tear. He could yet feature before the Bundesliga season ends and he will continue to work individually at Sabener Strasse before he can rejoin the rest of the squad.