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Tuchel will manage Bayern against Gladbach despite the flu

Thomas Tuchel is anticipated to guide Bayern Munich against Borussia Monchengladbach, despite having been affected by the flu in recent days.

Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel was absent from training on both Wednesday and Thursday due to the illness, raising doubts about his availability for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena.

Sporting director Christoph Freund filled in at the pre-match press conference but mentioned that Tuchel would “in all likelihood” be present on the touchline as Bayern aims to increase pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

“Thomas will come down to Sabener Strasse (training ground) today and take training,” Freund said. “He’s getting better. We’re positive he can be at the game tomorrow.”

Later on Friday, Thomas Tuchel was seen leading the training session on the eve of the Gladbach game. Noussair Mazraoui rejoined the group following Morocco’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Joshua Kimmich returned to light training after recovering from a shoulder injury, and new signing Bryan Zaragoza worked with his new teammates for the first time.

Bayern had announced in December that a deal had been reached with Granada to sign the 22-year-old forward at the end of the season, but injuries prompted an earlier arrival through a loan switch.

Sporting director Freund said: “It wasn’t the original plan. Due to the injuries, we discussed what we could do. We then decided we’d tried to bring him now. It was a last-minute thing.

“I was in Granada on Monday, had good discussions and were able to reach an agreement. We’re very happy Bryan is here now.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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