Boateng eyes April return

FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng is hoping to make his return to action in mid-April having spent the last two months on the sideline through injury.

The German international has not played since injuring his adductor in the Bavarian’s 2-1 win over Hamburger SV in January.

The initial assessment of the injury suggested he would be out for the remainder of this season, but his recovery has gone well and he recently resumed light training with a view to a full return sometime next month.

“I hope to be able to play again halfway through April,” Boateng told ZDF. “I am at 60 or 70% again right now. I will have to be patient for a bit. I will definitely not take any risks.”

Bayern have maintained a five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table in his absence, but they did suffer just their second league defeat of the season at the start of March against 1. FSV Mainz 05 without him and manager Pep Guardiola is undoubtedly looking forward to the defender’s return to action.

Boateng is unlikely to play any part in the club’s Champions League quarter-final against Benfica with the two legs of the tie being played on 5 and 13 April.

The Bundesliga match against FC Schalke 04 on 16 April or the DFB-Pokal semi-final against SV Werder Bremen three days later look like more realistic options for him make his comeback.

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