Bayern newbie Sadio Mane is set for a return to football after months of being injured while Nagelsmann loses Coman for the Gladbach match
Sadio Mane is set to be back in action after 3 months of being sidelined with an injury. However, the Bavarians lose Champions League hero Kingsley Coman to injury.
Sadio Mane on the road to achieving full fitness
Former Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, who joined Bayern in the summer, is nearing full fitness again. Mane suffered a fibula injury in November and had to undergo surgery that same month. Mane missed a significant chunk of Bayern’s season as well as Senegal’s run to the last-16 in the World Cup.
However, Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann claims Mane is nearing full fitness again.
”[Mane] will return to team training on Sunday,” Nagelsmann said of Mane on Friday. “He doesn’t have any problems anymore, and his rehab was built to give him a regular workload.
“He has to get back his technical and tactical feelings with the team, but he’s experienced, and he will be back rather quickly.
“Theoretically, he could play again after being back in team training for a week.”
However, as is the case for most of Bayern Munich seasons, French winger Kingsley Coman is once again injured. He’ll probably miss Bayern Munich’s trip to Borussia Park on Saturday.
“He has to get back his technical and tactical feelings with the team“
“Kingsley Coman will not be available, he will get back to practice at the start of next week,” Nagelsmann said. “Serge Gnabry will play tomorrow. He played a lot before Christmas and scored a lot.
“You need a good first XI that suits the opponent, but you also need good players that you can add to the mix. It always has to be a good balance.”
Bayern’s newest signing Yann Sommer will face his former team Monchengladbach. Nagelsmann revealed that he has been impressed with Sommer’s performance so far.
“I’m very happy with his overall game. Against Paris, he was really called upon dramatically,” Nagelsmann said of Sommer, who has kept three clean sheets in his last four games for Bayern.
“The goals he conceded in the Bundesliga were not easy. With the ball, with his presence, he’s a really important part of the team.
“It will be a special game for him, against his former club. They will say farewell to him ahead of this game, and it will be a special moment, but he’s not 18 years of age, so he will be able to put that aside and deliver a strong performance.”