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The attacking midfielder has been out of action ever since late April, but is one step closer to his comeback after setting foot on the training pitch again

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has received some encouraging news on the injury front ahead of the start of the new Bundesliga season as Mario Gotze has resumed squad training on Friday.

The Germany international, who joined Bayern from BVB for €37 million this summer, sustained a muscular problem in BVB's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid last term and has been out of action since.

Gotze was forced to watch the competition's final from the stands due to his physical problems and also missed the opening weeks of Bayern's pre-season.

Nevertheless, it appears to be a matter of time before the 21-year-old makes his first appearance for the reigning Bundesliga champions following his return to regular training action this week.

The attacking midfielder will not yet feature in Bayern's DFB-Pokal match against Schwarz-Weiss Rehden on Monday and is unlikely to make the match squad for Saturday's Bundesliga opener versus Borussia Monchengladbach.

A comeback in the away match against Eintracht Frankfurt on August 17 could be a realistic target for Gotze, though.

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