Bayern's Neuer, Sane back but Davies out with minor heart problem

Bayern is still missing players, including Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman, back in training following a muscle injury.

Bayern's Joshua Kimmich, from left, Kingsley Coman, Tanguy Nianzou, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davies celebrate after scoring during the Champions League group E match between Bayern Munich and Benfica Lisbon in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, November 2, 2021.   -  AP

Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer and winger Leroy Sane are among several players to return for Saturday's trip to Cologne in the Bundesliga but Alphonso Davies will be out for some time with a heart muscle inflammation, said coach Julian Nagelsmann.

The league leaders suffered a 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach last week which allowed Borussia Dortmund to close in to within six points. It now wants to bounce back as players return following a string of COVID-19 infections.

Nagelsmann said Sane, Tanguy Nianzou, Omar Richards and Dayot Upamecano would not be able to play through and were not yet at 100% following their infections but Neuer would be in the starting lineup.

"With Phonzy (Alphonso Davies) it is a case of him having done a check yesterday as we did with all infected players and there were signs of a minor myocardial inflammation," Nagelsmann told a news conference on Friday.

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"It's is nothing dramatic but he still needs to heal and will be out for some time."

The Canadian international had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and had gone into isolation before returning to training on Wednesday.

Bayern is still missing players, including Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman, back in training following a muscle injury.

"The defeat against Gladbach was frustrating," Nagelsmann said. "Our task tomorrow is to get a more positive result."

Bayern is on 43 points, with Dortmund on 37. Cologne, which is on a three-game winning streak, has climbed up to sixth on 28.

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