Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says his recovery from an ankle injury is going well and that he is looking forward to returning to the fold in the coming weeks.
The versatile star broke his right ankle during training in November, forcing him to spend the last few months on crutches but he has recently been allowed to discard his protective splint, signalling the next stage in his comeback.
He is now back in the gym, building up his strength on the exercise bikes and thanks to the added help of daily physiotherapy sessions, appears to be edging closer to a return to running, with sporting director Matthias Sammer recently predicting that the 31-year-old would play again in February.
Despite his absence, Bayern have been flying in the Bundesliga, entering the winter break 11 points clear of Wolfsburg and are currently only priced at 1.01 to retain their title.
However, it is perhaps in Europe where Lahm’s experience and leadership could prove the most telling over the next few months and having reached the Champions League final in three out of the last five years, the Bavarians are currently 3.60 to be crowned the winners in May.
The 31-year-old has now revealed that he is well on the comeback trail, telling the club’s official website that he is glad to be back in the gym and is already excited about returning to the field.
“I feel great,” he told fcbayern.de. “It’s a great feeling to get rid of the crutches and get right back on it. It’s all going according to plan.”