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Five Bayern Munich players return to training ahead of Arsenal clash

Bayern Munich have received a huge injury boost ahead of the Champions League game against Arsenal with the return of five players

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Bayern Munich received a significant boost as five key players returned to training ahead of their crucial Champions League quarter-final clash against Arsenal.

The Bavarian side’s captain, Manuel Neuer, who had been sidelined due to a muscle tear in his left adductor, is expected to be fit for the upcoming encounter. Neuer, having missed the previous two games, participated in training in Munich and is set to join the squad for the trip to London.

In addition to Neuer, Aleksandar Pavlovic, Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane, and Noussair Mazraoui all trained with the team, providing further relief for Bayern. This quartet had been doubtful for the match after missing Saturday’s defeat to Heidenheim.

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Bayern Munich have endured a challenging period, losing their last two matches in the absence of Neuer. With the Bundesliga title race all but over, manager Thomas Tuchel has shifted the team’s focus entirely to the Champions League.

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is available for selection against Arsenal (Image credit: Getty Images)

The return of Neuer, a pivotal figure in Bayern’s defence, is seen as a significant boost. The goalkeeper, eager to make an impact after missing the start of the season due to injury, adds strength and stability to the team.

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However, Bayern Munich’s travelling contingent for the match will be limited due to a disciplinary decision by UEFA. Following incidents of misconduct by Bayern supporters, including the use of pyrotechnics during a previous Champions League away match, UEFA has ruled that Bayern must play without their fans in attendance at the Emirates Stadium.

Jan-Christian Dreesen, CEO of FC Bayern, expressed disappointment over the decision and highlighted the impact it would have on both the team and the well-behaved fans. 

“This is a very harsh decision. We had already made an urgent appeal to our supporters in December and asked them to refrain from any further pyro activities. As things stand, no fans will be able to accompany us to our next away game in Europe. The team will be missing an important source of support and the fans who always behave correctly will be hit particularly hard. We have requested the reasons for the decision and are looking into the possibility of an appeal.”

FC Bayern will only receive a limited number of tickets for its delegation for the match. The tickets from this contingent are contractually bound.

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