As Bayern Munich prepares to square off with Bayer Leverkusen, a lot of the focus for fans has been on the health status of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Neuer has been battling a knee issue all week, but was seen on the training ground earlier today doing some jogging, among other activities. However, Neuer could not participate in team training:
.@Manuel_Neuer ist wieder im Lauftraining! Der @FCBayern-Keeper kann joggen – mit Tapes am linken Knie (Kapsel-Probleme). Heute war noch kein Team-Training möglich #FCBayern #FCB pic.twitter.com/D6fgey5FbD— BILD FC Bayern (@BILD_Bayern) February 8, 2024
.@Manuel_Neuer is back in running training! The @FCBayern keeper can jog – with tape on his left knee (capsule problems). No team training was possible today #FCBayern #FCB
Bild had addition information (as captured by @iMiaSanMia) regarding Neuer’s issue:
Manuel Neuer has a capsule problem in his left knee joint. He jogged for 20 minutes today at a decent pace while wearing a tape on his left knee. The plan for Neuer is to train with the team tomorrow, travel to Leverkusen and play on Saturday.
Also absent from team training was newcomer Bryan Zaragoza, who has missed almost all week. Zaragoza has been battling the flu. Joshua Kimmich and Dayot Upamecano were once again involved with team training, which should help bolster the squad for this weekend as well. Kim Min-jae also took part in the team training (please note the tweet below references team training attendance, which is why Neuer is listed as not being there):
Training @FCBayern again today without @Manuel_Neuer and Bryan #Zaragoza ! But Minjae #Kim is there as well as #Kimmich and #Upamecano ! #FCBayern #FCB
According to a report from Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), both Kimmich and Upamecano want to play on Saturday:
Joshua Kimmich wants to take the risk and make his comeback on Saturday against Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Dayot Upamecano wants to return to the squad on Saturday after his muscle injury.
Gnabry, Laimer making strides
Serge Gnabry and Konrad Laimer are both back and working out in an effort to get fully healthy:
Serge Gnabry continues to train individually with the ball. Konrad Laimer also completed his first rounds before him. #FCBayern
Some random training shots:
Kimmich turns 29
Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich turned 29 today as well:
Happy 29. Birthday,Joshua!
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