Thiago Alcantara has missed the last three matches for Bayern Munich after sustaining an adductor problem. Today, he was able to join and complete full team training for the first time since picking up the injury and he is in contention to take part in Bayern’s weekend match up against Bayer Leverkusen. He’s been an integral piece in Bayern’s midfield this season, and has been one of many players that have experienced resurgences of form under Hansi Flick. Having Thiago back for the remaining five matches, including the difficult encounters against Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach, will be a massive boost for the rest of the squad.
Elsewhere in the squad, defender Lucas Hernandez was not present for the main team session. The French international instead completed an individual program today. He started in place of Jerome Boateng over the weekend in Bayern’s 5-0 routing of Fortuna Dusseldorf, but was subbed off at halftime and replaced by Mickaël Cuisance, pushing Joshua Kimmich back to center back. Hernandez had pulled up with adductor problems after putting in a pretty solid performance in the first half, which had been his first competitive start since Bayern’s 3-2 win over SC Paderborn back in February. It remains unclear at this point whether or not he’ll be fully fit and available for the Leverkusen match this weekend, but Flick won’t want to take any unnecessary risks with him.
Elsewhere in the squad, long term injury absentees Niklas Sule and Philippe Coutinho continued their individual rehabilitation regiments at Sabener Strasse. Sule experienced a setback in the recovery of his cruciate ligament tear recovery after developing edema in his left knee and Coutinho had an ankle operation to fix and underlying issue that he’s had for quite some time now. Flick remains hopeful that he’ll still be able to use both players before the season ends.