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Nagelsmann provides injury updates, Müller assures fantasy managers "leave me in."

By Peter Vice

With the highly anticipated weekend showdown between last season's first-and-second-placed teams less than 24 hours away, FC Bayern München head-coach Julian Nagelsmann provided squad updates at his Friday press conference.

Thomas Müller couldn't resist getting in some words as well.

Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann.

Julian Nagelsmann prepares to face his old team on Saturday. Whether the two players that joined him in switching from the league's second-place-team to its Championship winning one will be making an appearance remains to be seen.


Defender Dayot Upamecano, who remained at Säbener Straße over the international break to rehab, has been back in squad training for the past three sessions. Nagaelsmann did not comment on whether the 22-year-old would start.

There was more concrete news when it came to newly acquired RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer, the Austrian's former trainer definitely ruled out starting him.

"He would be a good option off the bench," the 33-year-old reported.

Nagelsmann also confirmed that neither Corentin Tolisso nor Kingsley Coman would be available for squad selection. In the case of the former French international, the FCB trainer noted that the club would continue to take it slow with him. Tolisso has continued to encounter muscular problems resulting from tendon rupture injury last spring.

"We've made the decision to build him up better, so that he won't be so injury prone in the future," Nagelsmann noted.


With regard to the two projected starters who struggled with nagging injuries over the break, the young gaffer was pleased to report that both Thomas Müller and Alphonso Davies would be ready for both the weekend fixture and the opening round of the Champions' League.

Müller himself pejoratively addressed all fantasy managers in his own statement, assuring them that they could prepare to start him.

"To all the managers who have written to me, I trained with the team again today," Germany's resident clown prince of footballing comedy said, "Have at it! You can leave me in your lineups!"

"Of course, the trainer brews his own beer," Nagelsmann riffed in return.


RB Leipzig
(4-2-3-1)
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
22Nordi Mukiele
4Willi Orban ↩80
2Mohamed Simakan
3Angeliño ↩59
27Konrad Laimer ↩59
44Kevin Kampl
18Christopher Nkunku
25Daniel Olmo ↩59
17Dominik Szoboszlai
33André Silva ↩71
Bench
31Josep Martínez
9Yussuf Poulsen ↪71
10Emil Forsberg ↪59
21Brian Brobbey
16Lukas Klostermann ↪80
32Joško Gvardiol ↪59
39Benjamin Henrichs
8Amadou Haidara ↪59
14Tyler Adams
FC Bayern
(4-2-3-1)
1Manuel Neuer (C)
5Benjamin Pavard ↩75
2Dayotchanculle Upamecano
21Lucas Hernández
19Alphonso Davies
8Leon Goretzka ↩59
6Joshua Kimmich
7Serge Gnabry ↩45
25Thomas Müller ↩75
10Leroy Sané
9Robert Lewandowski ↩59
Bench
26Sven Ulreich
13E. Choupo-Moting ↪59
40Malik Tillman
4Niklas Süle ↪75
20Bouna Sarr
23Tanguy Nianzou
44Josip Stanisic ↪75
18Marcel Sabitzer ↪59
42Jamal Musiala ↪45

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