Arsenal loanee Konstantinos Mavropanos made his comeback from injury in a Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich this weekend.
Mavropanos picked up a knee injury soon after joining VfB Stuttgart on loan from Arsenal, ruling him out for around five weeks. He had successful surgery on the problem last month, and returned to individual training around a fortnight ago.
After completing his rehabilitation from the problem, the centre-back made his return to the pitch with a start for Stuttgart on Saturday. It wasn’t exactly a game to ease him back in, though, as the Bundesliga side faced Bayern Munich.
Mavropanos played the opening hour of the match, before coming off in a planned change. In general, he put in a good performance, making four clearances and four interceptions, as well as completing 85% of his passes.
He did share some of the blame for Bayern’s opening goal, however. The Arsenal centre-back never got tight to Kingsley Coman, who cut inside and fired a shot past the defender and into the net. We’ll put that down to rustiness, for now.
There’s nothing Mavropanos could do about Bayern’s second, a long-shot from Robert Lewandowski, and he wasn’t on the pitch for the third.
The first game after a five-week injury against the Champions League winners probably isn’t the fairest to judge Mavropanos on anyway. Let’s see how he does over the coming weeks now he’s back in action.