Pepe Reina has not been especially lucky when it comes to injuries since moving to Bayern Munich in the summer.
The Spaniard was aware that he was not going to be the first choice at the German club during the presence of Manuel Neuer, but he was hopeful of opportunities especially in the cup competitions. They have been limited after the former Liverpool goalkeeper spent eight weeks on the sidelines due to a calf injury. He has just returned to training and is hopeful of facing his first match in the next few days.
Pep Guardiola has relied heavily upon Reina to become the backup for Manuel Neuer. In the absence of Reina, he has had to use the inexperienced Leopold Zingerle on the bench. The 20-year-old may have struggled if his services had been required during this period. Speaking to the club’s official site, Reina confirmed that he is back to full fitness and is hopeful of challenging for the first-team spot. The 32-year-old is yet to make his official debut for the club. Due to the club’s progression in the German cup, his opportunities may come in such matches. A veteran with more than 600 appearances till date, Reina will be providing a wealth of experience should he be called upon.
“I’m really looking forward to playing again.I’m energised by the sense of anticipation.I’ve been working very hard over the last few weeks. I’ll be stronger for it when I come back.There’s quite a few of us [injured] at the moment unfortunately, so it’s not easy. But the good thing is that we mutually encourage each other.That’s very important at a time like this,” said Reina. Bayern Munich are expected to make Reina undergo coordination skills and jogging training in order to improve this fitness even more.