New signing Mario Goetze is in Bayern Munich‘s squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga in Saturday after recovering from injury.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola says the Germany star ”has only trained six or seven times with us, but he is a very intelligent player. He’ll come with us to Frankfurt.”
Goetze, a 37-million-euro ($49 million) offseason transfer from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund, made his Bayern debut in a friendly game at Hungarian champion Gyor last Sunday, scoring two goals in a 4-1 win.
The 21-year-old hadn’t played since April 30, when a hamstring injury forced him out of the Champions League semifinal at Real Madrid. Guardiola is leaving open the possibility of Goetze playing on Saturday.
"If he’s fit, then he’s got a good chance of playing," said Guardiola. "He’s getting there step by step and he will be coming to Frankfurt with us. I’ll make my mind up about the team at the last minute. I want to see the eyes, the minds and the legs of the players.
"He only played half an hour in Hungary. He doesn’t run like (Franck) Ribery or (David) Alaba, but he is very intelligent and he’s a very special player."
Guardiola has many special players within his squad, even after the sale of Luiz Gustavo to Wolfsburg on Friday.
"It was his decision to leave Bayern," said the Catalan. "I would have liked him to stay. Now I wish him all the best in his career. He was an important player for this club, a great lad."
With Thiago Alcantara and Bastian Schweinsteiger both fit, covering the positions in the defensive midfield is the least of Guardiola’s concerns.
"I know that Frankfurt are always dangerous. Especially after international games, it’s always hard for Bayern," Guardiola said. "We had only a few players in training here, but I hope we do well."
FOXSoccer.com’s newswire services contributed to this report.