There was positive news in the air at Bayern Munich’s Säbener Straße training ground on Thursday morning as Niklas Sule made his long-awaited return to first team training.
The centre-back has been sidelined since rupturing his cruciate back in October.
Sule took part in a number of passing drills, dribbling and juggling the ball as he looked in confident mood according to the Bayern Munich website.
The Germany international was glad to be back, saying:
“After more than four months, it feels great to be back on the ball again. It’s really fantastic.
“It could have snowed today or (Storm) Sabine could have returned, but I wouldn’t have cared. I’m just happy to be training with the ball again and taking the next steps in my rehab.
“So far I haven’t had any problems at all. I’ve made a lot of controlled movements with the ball, and next week we’ll gradually introduce directional changes with the ball as well.”
Niklas Sule joined Bayern Munich from 1899 Hoffenheim in 2017 and had been a regular in the starting lineup prior to injury. He’d started all eight Bundesliga matches under Niko Kovac to start the season.
In his absence, head coach Hansi Flick has predominantly moved David Alaba from left-back into centre-back alongside Jerome Boateng or Benjamin Pavard, with Lucas Hernandez only recently back from a lengthy layoff himself.
Bayern Munich are in action at home to FC Augsburg on Sunday but it will be a few weeks before Niklas Sule is up to full match fitness. With the Bundesliga leaders still in both the Champions League and DFB Pokal this season, Flick will want as many of his players fit and available for the business end of the season.