FC Bayern München midfielder Sebastian Deisler is "happy to be back" as he returned to training exactly seven months after suffering the fifth major knee injury of his career.
The 26-year-old German international sustained cartilage damage in his right knee in training on 3 March, having managed more than 20 league games in a season only once since joining Bayern from Hertha BSC Berlin in 2002. Deisler came through 75 minutes of training with no ill-effects yesterday and may play for the reserves in the third division at the weekend. He said: "I have absolutely no problems. I am happy to be playing football again and we will just see how things go."
Bayern coach Felix Magath said: "I am glad that he took part again. He was very good and was not frightened at all. He looked good and hasn't forgotten anything. We will give him time and won't put him under pressure." Defender Andreas Görlitz, 24, is also back after recovering from a cruciate ligament tear suffered last November, although neither player is expected to be selected for the UEFA Champions League fixture at Sporting Clube de Portugal on 18 October. Bayern lead Group B with maximum points from two games.
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