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Bayern star Javi Martinez 'on track' with injury rehab

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Javi Martinez lies injured in August of this season. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Javi Martinez has revealed he is well on the road to recovery after a knee injury.

The 26-year-old Spain international ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee during the season-opening German Supercup clash against Borussia Dortmund on August 13, which Bayern lost 2-0.

Martinez has been sidelined ever since but has been working hard on his recovery at the club and his fitness levels are beginning to improve.

He told the club's official website, fcbayern.de: "We're right on track. I'm feeling better every day. I'm managing more and more exercise, and that's good for me mentally."

Martinez underwent surgery in Vail, Colorado a week after sustaining the injury and spent a while on crutches as he built up the strength in his knee.

Four months on the sidelines can take its toll on a player, but Martinez said he is now feeling mentally strong in dealing with the injury, although he admitted to struggling initially.

He said: "That (after the operation) was the most difficult time. You can't walk, and you basically can't do anything.

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Bayern optimistic about long Guardiola stay

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Bayern are the dominant force in Germany. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich are keen to extend the contract of their coach Pep Guardiola, although chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists there is no rush.

Guardiola is contracted to the Bavarians until 2016 but talks have not yet commenced about a renewal.

That is because Rummenigge does not expect Guardiola to commit so soon, even though he remains optimistic that the Catalan will have a long and prosperous future with the record German champions.

He's the best coach Bayern Munich could have had. He's also a wonderful person and it's a great pleasure to work with him.

I hope he stays a long time with us. I know him and I know he is not the sort of person who likes to renew his contract early or places much value in a long-term contract.

I would only get on his nerves if I were to ask him now. I know when I need to seek talks and that's not going to happen in the very near future because he doesn't want that.

– Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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Lahm undergoes successful ankle operation

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Lahm suffered a broken ankle in training. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has undergone successful surgery on a broken ankle.

The former Germany defender, 31, was driven away from the club's training ground on a cart on Tuesday after going over on his right ankle while training with the Bavarian giants.

Bayern said in a statement: "Two days after Philipp Lahm sustained a broken right ankle on the training ground, the FCB captain successfully underwent surgery on Thursday morning.

"The fracture was repaired and fixed using a surgical plate and screw. Lahm will spend the next few days in hospital and has been ordered to rest his right leg for several weeks before starting a sports rehab programme.

"The club and all its fans send best wishes for a speedy recovery."

Injured Neuer out of Germany squad for Spain clash

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Manuel Neuer. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been forced to pull out of the Germany squad to face Spain in Vigo on Tuesday night due to a knee injury.

The 28-year-old kept a clean sheet as Germany defeated Gibraltar 4-0 on Friday evening, but a slight problem with his right knee has ruled Neuer out of the trip to Spain.

"I would have liked to have been able to field my best team against Spain, but we did not want to take any risks with Manuel," said Germany coach Joachim Low on the website of the German Football Association (DFB).

"With Roman Weidenfeller and Ron-Robert Zieler, we have two excellent alternatives who have more than deserved to play against Spain. I know I can rely on both of them."

Schweinsteiger returns to training

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has put the brakes on Bastian Schweinsteiger's return from injury while praising the man who has replaced him this season, Xabi Alonso.

Schweinsteiger is now back in full team training after missing the start of the season through a persistent knee tendon problem.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is back in training. Credit: PA

"It's step by step," Guardiola said on his club's official website. "We have first got to see where he is at.

"He's been injured for a long time and needs training sessions, but he has a great deal of experience, is a great personality and knows his own body very well.

"It's good news for him that he's back, but also for us and for Bayern Munich. He was the most important player here in the last 10 years and now we've got to try to get him back to his old form."

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