Alaba returns to Bayern training

The 22-year-old has been out since November following a knee ligament tear, but made his return to practice early alongside some other recovering team-mates
David Alaba has returned to training with Bayern Munich for the first time since November following a knee injury.

The Austrian international was taken off towards the end of the Bavarian's 2-0 Champions League victory over Roma, and scans revealed a medial ligament tear.

Surgery followed for the 22-year-old but on Monday he put his boots back on and made a return to the training ground for the first time in almost two months.

The rest of the squad are not required to report back for duty until January 7, but Alaba returned early in an attempt to boost his chances of being fit when the Bundesliga restarts at the end of the month.

Holger Badstuber, Medhi Benatia and Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg joined the utility player in practice, as well as goalkeeper Tom Starke.

Bayern's only remaining long-term absentees from the first team are captain Philipp Lahm and midfield duo Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara.