The Germany defender admitted his joy at returning to playing against Wolfsburg nearly two years after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury
Holger Badstuber has revealed his happiness at playing his first Bundesliga match in almost two years after returning from injury to feature in Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
The Germany international has been missing from action since 2012 when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a league match against Borussia Dortmund.
Badstuber recovered from the injury recently and played 79 minutes in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal first-round clash with Preussen Munster before being cheered onto the Allianz Arena pitch by 71,000 fans against Wolfsburg.
“It was very exciting, very hard,” he said, “but I’m totally happy.
“It’s a beautiful thing to be able to play after such a long time at home in front of the home crowd – and then get a win out of it. For me it was a perfect day.”
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm admitted that he was pleased to see his defensive colleague feature in the club’s opening Bundesliga clash, saying that it was fully deserved.
When asked about the 25-year-old’s appearance against Wolfsburg, Lahm said: “[It’s] sensational.
“It’s fun to watch him on the pitch. He has long worked hard for it.”
Bayern winger Arjen Robben also praised Badstuber’s return when the Netherlands international admitted he was proud of the defender for overcoming his injury woes.
“For my friend Holger. He’s back. I’m proud of him. That deserves huge respect,” Robben said.