If Holger Badstuber Is Fit, He Will Always Play For Me - Bayern Munich Coach Louis Van Gaal

As he previously assured Thomas Mueller, Louis van Gaal has confirmed that, if fit, Holger Badstuber will always start for Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has confirmed that centre-half Holger Badstuber is an integral member of his team, and will return to his line-up when fully fit.

"If Badstuber is fit and in proper condition, he will always play for me," he told Bild. "He is the best left-footed defender in Germany. Jogi Loew has confirmed this because he always nominates him [for the Germany national team]."

The 21-year-old Badstuber has been missing for several weeks due to an inflamed pelvis, but is expected to return to first team action before the Bundesliga's restart in mid-January. With Badstuber's role confirmed, Van Gaal will now have to choose an appropriate partner. Martin Demichelis has fallen out of favour, Daniel van Buyten is in a crisis of form, Breno is only just recovering from cruciate ligament damage, and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is inexperienced as a centre-half. However, there remains the possibility of a winter transfer.

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