Martinez eager for Bayern starting spot

The Spain international returned to action in the 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin and is desperate to recover full fitness after almost two months on the sidelines

Javi Martinez is keen to get himself back into the Bayern Munich first team after making his comeback from injury against Hertha Berlin.

The Spain international had not featured for Pep Guardiola’s side since their Uefa Super Cup victory over Chelsea in August due to a groin injury, but made an appearance in place of Thomas Muller in the second half of Saturday’s 3-2 win at the Allianz Arena.

After nearly two months on the sidelines, Martinez admits he must work hard to recover full fitness, but is eager to earn his starting place back as soon as possible.

“I feel good and am very happy to be back with the team,” he told the club’s official website.

“I now need training to reach my top level as fast as possible.”

Bayern also were boosted by the return of Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben and Dante to training on Monday.

Kroos and Robben were away from the first team working exclusively with fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer, while Dante continued his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

Kroos and Robben resume Bayern training

The Bavarians have revealed that both players are easing their way back after suffering minor injuries during Saturday’s victory

Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben have both resumed individual training after picking up knocks in the 3-2 win against Hertha Berlin.

Pep Guardiola’s men narrowly edged out the capital outfit 3-2 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, with both the midfielder and the winger suffering minor injuries.

However, it appears the pair will soon be able to train with the team again, after being put on individual regimes already.

“While the team trained in front of 1500 fans on Monday morning, Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben made their rounds with fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Both players, who had been substituted after suffering problems with their adductors last Saturday in the match against Hertha, completed casual running laps around the training ground.”

Bundesliga leaders Bayern are currently preparing for their trip to Hoffenheim on November 2.

Gotze: I'm at 95 per cent

The 21-year-old insists he has not quite reached full fitness yet following his injury, but is ready to play a full 90-minute match

Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze says he is currently operating at 95 per cent of his potential, after scoring his first league goal for the team against Hertha Berlin.

After Adrian Ramos scored the opener for the capital club, a double by Mario Mandzukic and a Gotze header ensured Pep Guardiola’s men took all three points at the Allianz Arena.

And Gotze, who has recently recovered from an ankle injury, was delighted with contributing to the success despite admitting he has not yet reached full fitness.

“I’m at 95 per cent of my potential and I think I’m ready to play 90 minutes again,” the 21-year-old told reporters.

“Playing 70 minutes was very important to me, I want to be at 100% again quickly.”

“My goal was good for the team, especially towards the end. However, I was a little surprised myself how the ball ended up in the net.”

The holding German champions currently top the Bundesliga table with a one-point lead over Borussia Dortmund.

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Sahin & Mkhitaryan claim derby day spoils

Dortmund, Gladbach and Wolfsburg dominate as Goal picks out the best performers from across the weekend in Germany

All eyes were on the Veltins Arena on Saturday as Schalke took on Borussia Dortmund, with Jurgen Klopp’s side claiming an excellent 3-1 victory over their rivals. But there were other noteworthy performances across Germany that deserve a mention in Goal‘s weekly best XI.

Werder Bremen may have slipped to a 3-0 loss to Wolfsburg on Saturday, but had it not been for goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz, who takes the No.1 jersey, it could have been far worse.

Naldo was among the VfL defenders who kept Robin Dutt’s side quiet, while Andreas Beck was impressive as Hoffenheim beat Hannover 4-1. Hamburg youngster Jonathan Tah helped his side to a 3-0 win over Freiburg and Oscar Wendt was among the scorers in Gladbach’s 4-1 victory against Frankfurt.

Nuri Sahin scored a spectacular long-range effort in BVB’s triumph at Schalke; Simon Rolfes continued his goalscoring run for Bayer Leverkusen; Patrick Herrmann was another one of Gladbach’s scorers; Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the star at the Veltins Arena and Wolfsburg youngster Maximilian Arnold continued his brilliant start to his career with yet another goal.

Finally, Shinji Okazaki leads the line after a match-winning double for Mainz against Eintracht Braunschweig at the Coface Arena.

Muller: I am not leaving Bayern

The versatile attacker has dismissed suggestions that he could leave his current club for Barcelona after a recent visit to the Catalan capital

Thomas Muller has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich as he is happy with life at the Bundesliga champions.

The Germany international, 24, was recently linked with a move to Barcelona after visiting the Catalan capital, but has stressed that a transfer to the Spanish powerhouse is not an option at this stage of his career.

“I was in Barcelona for personal reasons, but these things immediately appear online nowadays,” Muller told Sky90.

“Of course, it is flattering when you’re being linked to a club like Barcelona.

“I am very happy at Bayern, though. Bayern mean a lot to me and have a place in my heart. I hope to stay at Bayern for many more years to come.”

Muller’s contract with the Bavarian outfit runs until June 2017, and has been only one of a few German players to be linked with Gerardo Martino’s men recently, including Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.