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The 27-year-old has been sidelined since January 22 but is expected to return to action next month after completing a light training session on Thursday

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has returned to training as he steps up his recovery from a groin injury.

The Germany international has been sidelined since picking up the problem in the Bundesliga victory over Hamburg on January 22.

Boateng stated last month that he hopes to be back in full training with the squad in April and, having completed a light running session on Thursday, Bayern are confident his recovery is on track.

"The world champion is now one step closer to this goal!" they said after confirming his comeback.

The 27-year-old made 27 appearances in all competitions this season prior to his injury.