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Thiago fit and available for DFB-Pokal final

Thiago’s back fit, but will he start from the bench in Berlin?

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Per a new report from Bild, Thiago is fully fit and available for Bayern Munich’s DFB-Pokal final in Berlin this weekend against Bayer Leverkusen. He completed the full training session today at Sabener Strasse and the team will depart for Berlin tomorrow morning and have their final training session there ahead of the final.

Thiago recovered from a groin problem that required an operation to repair and he’s only featured twice for Bayern since the Bundesliga has resumed; once in the league against Leverkusen and once in the Pokal against Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite the fact that he’s fully fit, it’s likely that Hansi Flick will choose to stick with the double pivot of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in midfield since it’s worked so well since the Bundesliga’s restarted. Thiago will likely start on the bench against Leverkusen.

Hannover 96 v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images

There’s still a Champions League campaign to finish for Bayern, but Thiago’s contract negotiations haven’t looked promising. It now looks increasingly more likely that he’ll be transferring away from Munich when the window opens. It’s hard to see him staying and agreeing on an extension with Flick’s preference to Goretzka and Kimmich, and while they’re not like-for-like, Leroy Sane will be another midfielder added to the roster. A lot can happen between now and the end of the season, though. Nothing regarding Thiago’s future is definite yet.

Elsewhere in the squad

As far as other injuries amongst the squad, there’s some good news and not-so-good news.

Javi Martinez will miss the trip to Berlin due to a calf problem that’s kept him out of training for the whole week. Corentin Tolisso trained for a half hour earlier today, which is good for his recovery from an ankle problem, but Saturday’s cup final is still probably too early of a return for him. Niklas Sule could even be fit on time to be on the squad sheet for Saturday, even though it’s highly unlikely that he would feature at all. Flick won’t want to risk Sule unnecessarily.

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

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