Julian Nagelsmann is set to be boosted by Sadio Mane’s return to full training with Bayern Munich this week.
Sadio Mane will return to Bayern Munich training on Sunday after missing three months with a calf injury, but team-mate Kingsley Coman will miss Saturday’s trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Mané missed Senegal’s run to the last 16 of the World Cup in Qatar after undergoing surgery in November.
Last month, manager Julian Nagelsmann suggested the former Liverpool player could be fit to play in Bayern’s last-16 Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, but he was not involved as the Bundesliga champions took a 1-0 lead in the first leg . The French capital on Tuesday
However, Mane is making progress in his recovery and Nagelsmann believes he could be involved in the squad for the match after just a week of full training.
“He will return to team training on Sunday,” Nagelsmann said of Mane on Friday. “He is no longer in trouble and his rehabilitation has been built so that he has a regular workload.
“He needs to get his technical and tactical feeling back with the team, but he is experienced and will come back quite quickly.”
“In theory, he could play again after being back in team training for a week.
Mane’s re-engagement will be a huge boost for the Bundesliga leaders, who face second-placed Union Berlin after their clash with Monchengladbach.
However, Bayern will be without Coman at Borussia-Park on Saturday, with the Frenchman complaining of a calf problem after scoring the only goal of the game against former club PSG.
“Kingsley Coman will not be available, he will return to training early next week,” said Nagelsmann. “Serge Gnabry will play tomorrow. He played a lot before Christmas and scored a lot.”
You need a good first XI to suit the opposition, but you also need good players to add to the mix. It always has to be a fine balance.”
Bayern’s meeting with Gladbach will see goalkeeper Yann Sommer reunite with his former club, having moved to Bavaria in January to cover for the injured Manuel Neuer.
“I’m very happy with his overall game. He was called really dramatically against Paris,” 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 and his presence, he is a really important part of the team.
“It will be a special game for him against his former club. He will say goodbye to him before this game and it will be a special moment, but he is not 18 so he will be able to say that.” aside and put in a strong performance.”