Javi Martinez allays injury fears
Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has calmed fears over his fitness after a German paper claimed he had suffered a setback.
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Martinez, 25, who made 43 appearances for Bayern last season, last played for the club in their Super Cup victory over Chelsea in August.
The Spain international was forced to undergo groin surgery after the game and has been sidelined for over five weeks.
On Thursday, Bild reported that the Spain international had been dealt a setback, with a knee problem set to delay his comeback to the Bayern squad.
However, Martinez has moved to deny the report and says he hopes to return to team training next week.
“My sports rehab programme is on schedule. I'm back out on the pitch, I'm getting through running and sprint exercises, and I'll soon have the ball back at my feet,” Martinez told Bayern’s official website. “All in all, I can be very satisfied.”
Martinez explained that over the next couple of days he is hoping to slowly increase his training load to get back to full fitness.
“We’re taking it very carefully so we avoid setbacks,” Martinez said.
The midfielder added it was too early to give an exact date for his comeback, and that the final decision lay with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola.
“The important thing for now is to continue training with no reaction to the injury, and get back to a normal training rhythm,” he said.
“What I need now is training, training, and more training, so I can quickly recover my form. Obviously, I want to be part of it again as fast as possible, but we mustn't go over the top. And at the end of the day, the coach decides when I play again.”