Corentin Tolisso has been recovering from his torn thigh tendon much quicker than Bayern Munich’s medical staff had initially anticipated. The injury required an operation to repair the torn tendon back in February and it was originally expected that he would be sidelined for at least three months, at a minimum. He’s been way ahead of schedule and has already resumed doing ball work at Sabener Strasse last week.
Per a report from French outlet L’Equipe (via Foot Mercato), Tolisso is still hopeful of gaining a spot in Didier Deschamps’ French national team squad for this summer’s European Championships. UEFA announced that they have approved the 26-man roster format, which has been bumped up from 23, however matchday squads will only be permitted to have 23 players listed. Deschamps, much like the rest of the European national team managers, is expected to announce Les Bleus’ 26-man squad on May 19th, which is just two short weeks from now.
Tolisso has missed Bayern’s last 14 matches across all competitions having been sidelined since the end of February, but he’s already in contention to be in this weekend’s matchday squad to take on Borussia Monchengladbach at the Allianz Arena. It’s unlikely that he would be directly thrust into the starting lineup, but it’s possible that he could make an appearance off of the bench. If Bayern get the three points vs. Monchengladbach, or if RB Leipzig fail to beat Borussia Dortmund prior to Bayern-’Gladbach kicking off, Bayern will be crowned Bundesliga champions for the ninth consecutive season. Mathematically, a Bayern draw vs. ‘Gladbach would clinch the title if Leipzig draws or loses to Dortmund, and Bayern’s goal difference is far superior to Leipzig’s. After that, only two matches remain in the season, and only May 15th’s clash at SC Freiburg will come before the May 18th deadline for Deschamps’ French squad announcement.
Tolisso faces a tight window to be in consideration for Deschamps’s squad, but he is determined to do so. If Bayern clinches the title this weekend. Hansi Flick will certainly have more flexibility to make starting lineup changes for the final two match days of the season, which could be beneficial for Tolisso.