In addition to the difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Bayern Munich has been burdened with a plethora of injuries so far this season. However, there’s some good news on the injury front from Sabener Strasse.
Per Bayern’s official web site, Kingsley Coman, Marc Roca, Bouna Sarr, and Joshua Zirkzee all resumed training today after various injury problems. The timing of the return to action for the quartet of players will be especially beneficial for Hansi Flick as a massive clash against Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia-Park looms large this coming Friday. All four players will be in contention to be involved against Monchengladbach.
Coman in particular could return to the starting lineup; the French winger had been in sensational form before picking up a thigh injury in Bayern’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen right before the brief winter break.
Roca, Sarr, and Zirkzee have played primarily as substitutes for Flick, but the added depth in the squad will be warmly welcomed. After the ‘Gladbach match, Bayern faces a congested run of fixtures between the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League.
For Serge Gnabry, it’s going to be a “wait and see” situation. He picked up an knock in Bayern’s 5-2 win over FSV Mainz on Sunday when he made hard contact with Leandro Barreiro’s boot on a sliding challenge just as he was attempting a shot in Mainz’s box. Thankfully, after thorough examinations both today and on Sunday, Flick confirmed that there’s no cause for serious concern and that’s it’s nothing more than some heavy bruising on Gnabry’s lower shin. “I’m lucky nothing more serious happened. I have bruising above the shin following the blow. We’ll have to see how it turns out. It’s painful at the moment,” Gnabry said.
For now, it might be in Flick’s best interest to risk Gnabry, but they have the week to access how he feels closer to the ‘Gladbach match. Either way, this is the first time in a long while that Flick will have an almost fully-fit and available squad.
Good to have them back!