Bayern Munich’s record signing Lucas Hernandez took part in his first squad training session on Tuesday, four months after a serious knee operation, the Bundesliga champions reported on their website on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old French World Cup winner has yet to feature for Bayern since his 80 million euro ($89 million) move from Atletico Madrid in March.
His medical showed damage to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee that required an immediate operation.
Hernandez is unlikely to be ready for the opening game of the season against Hertha Berlin on August 16 but it is good news for his new teammates and manager Niko Kovac.
“I think the most important thing for the time being is that he’s properly fit and starts to settle in,” German international Leon Goretzka told the Bayern website.
The defender’s return coincides with a media broadside aimed at the club by striker Robert Lewandowski who has called on Bayern to bring in at least three new players.
“In attack we lost three players in the shape of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James (Rodriguez),” Lewandowski told Sport Bild on Wednesday.
“What’s more, for the minute we have no newcomers for these positions.”
While Robben has resigned, Frenchman Ribery is out of agreement and appears to probably be making a beeline for Saudi Arabia while James has arrived at the finish of a two-year credit period and has returned, for the minute at any rate, to Real Madrid.
Veteran safeguard Rafinha has likewise left so as to come back to Brazil.
So far this late spring, Bayern have just fortified their barrier with French title holders Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard while promising 19-year-old striker Jann-Fiete Arp has touched base from Hamburg.
The German heroes have likewise been pursuing for a considerable length of time to pull in Leroy Sane from Manchester City yet no declaration has yet been made.
“Regardless of whether Sane comes, we need another winger,” says Lewandowski who additionally required a cautious midfielder or hostile midfielder.
Bayern’s center group is comprised of top-class internationals in any case, after the mid year development, the seat is currently shallow.
“Playing a whole season with 13 or 14 experienced experts, it will be intense,” cautions Lewandowski who has just talked about the issue with club president Uli Hoeness and director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“We have 50 or 60 games, so don’t simply consider one week from now however at three, four, five or a half year. What’s more, for that we need more players. Hoeness and Rummenigge know my conclusion.”
Hoeness and Rummenigge have guaranteed to fortify the playing positions as they put their focus at once of Bundesliga and Champions League.