Bayern Munich: Sule gives Flick boost with early ACL return
The Bundesliga leaders received good news over Niklas Süle, Javi Martínez, Lucas Hernández and Kingsley Coman on Thursday.
Niklas Süle has begun training with a ball again as the Bayern Munich defender continues his recovery from a knee injury.
The 24-year-old has not played since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in October and it was initially feared he could miss the rest of the domestic season and Euro 2020.
Süle suggested his recovery was ahead of schedule in December as he vowed to return to fitness in time to make Joachim Löw's Germany squad for the tournament.
On Thursday, the centre-back said he felt "fantastic" to be out on the pitch with a football at Bayern's Sabener Strasse training base, despite the inclement weather.
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"After more than four months, it feels great to be back on the ball again. It's really fantastic," Süle told the club's website.
"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."
There was a further boost for Bayern as Javi Martínez and Lucas Hernández put in extra work despite having a scheduled day off.
Martínez returned to the squad for the 6-0 Bundesliga win at Hoffenheim last weekend, having been out since December with a thigh problem, while Hernandez has been struggling with a ligament complaint.
Bayern hope both defenders will be available for Sunday's game with Augsburg.
Kingsley Coman, who pulled a muscle in the 3-0 win at Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, is also hoping to be available for this weekend's match after resuming running this week.
Bayern, who are three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, will then head to Union Berlin on March 14 before the second leg at home to Chelsea four days later.
They then host Eintracht Frankfurt before the latest international break.