We’re now into the last week of preseason training for Bayern Munich as Julian Nagelsmann preps to make his competitive debut as manager. On Friday, the club face off against Borussia Monchengladbach for the Bundesliga opener. Normally, Nagelsmann’s first competitive match would’ve already come this past weekend had the first round DFB Pokal match against Bremer SV not been postponed due to coronavirus quarantine measures.
Nagelsmann officially took charge of Bayern at the beginning of July and immediately inherited a handful of injured first teamers, including defenders Alphonso Davies and Lucas Hernandez. Even last week, new signing Omar Richards sustained a knock to his left foot, which meant that Nagelsmann didn’t have a fully fit left back in the squad in terms of players in the first team. Kingsley Coman has also been dealing with bruised ribs that he sustained in the friendly against SSC Napoli, which is cause for concern for Nagelsmann and his coaching staff.
Thankfully, though, per a new report from Bild, as captured by @iMiaSanMia, Davies, Coman, and Omar Richards were all present for team training today. For Davies, he is expected to be available for Friday’s season opener against ‘Gladbach. Whether or not he will start that match is still not set in stone yet, but it’s a positive sign that he’s back with the rest of the squad in training.
Alphonso Davies is back in team training and is expected to be available against Gladbach. Kingsley Coman (bruised ribs) and Omar Richards (foot injury) are also with the team [Bild] pic.twitter.com/ZwIwH4a50D— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 9, 2021
While the club’s official web site corroborated the news for both Davies and Coman, they did not specifically mention Omar Richards. While he might’ve been with the rest of the team, he was not highlighted in their writeup of today’s main session. Nagelsmann reportedly put the squad through an intensive training session, just days after there was a scrimmage of Naglesmann’s “A” team vs. “B” team that replaced what would’ve been their matchup against Bremer SV in the DFB-Pokal.
Here’s the team welcoming Phonzie back to full team training:
Welcome back to team training, @AlphonsoDavies!— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 9, 2021
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