Bayern set to welcome back Schweinsteiger
German league leaders Bayern Munich look set to welcome back star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for today’s clash against Borussia Moenchengladbach as the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.
Schweinsteiger has been out since breaking his collarbone in the Champions League win over Napoli at the start of November, but despite sitting out training on Tuesday with a knee injury he is hopeful of playing.
Bayern have a three-point lead at the top of the table, but suffered consecutive defeats in the wake of Schweinsteiger’s injury last November and the star is eager to recapture the form he showed before injury struck.
“It looks good for ’Gladbach, I have no worries, but of course I want to get back to top form quickly,” said the 27-year-old with ’Gladbach fourth in the league.
“I practised (on Wednesday). It was quite good. I’m not worried, but I want to be in my best shape when I start the match.
“I hope the knee will be getting better and better before Friday (today).
“I’m very excited. It’s important for us to get a win and have a good start. On the pitch you can react and change something, in the stands you can’t.
“We want to get back to the form we had before my injury and dominated the opposition.
“It’s up to us whether we are under pressure or not. We have high expectations and it’s important that we work as a team.”
Schweinsteiger will be up against ’Gladbach’s key midfielder Marco Reus, who will play for defending champions Borussia Dortmund next season, and is one of the best midfielders in Germany this season with 10 goals in 15 league games.
Bayern have a score to settle against Lucien Favre’s team who stunned the Bavarian giants in Munich with a 1-0 win at the Allianz Arena on the opening weekend of the season in August.
Both second-placed Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04, who are third, are just three points behind Bayern, but a vastly superior goal difference mean Munich will finish the weekend on top regardless of results.
Dortmund have a tough game at resurgent Hamburg, who have climbed up to mid-table and are unbeaten since ex-Bayern midfielder Thorsten Fink took over in October.
Dortmund’s 19-year-old star Mario Goetze sits out the game, because of an ongoing groin problem.
Schalke 04 are at home to Stuttgart, who will be without ex-Germany striker Christian Gentner, out with a leg injury.