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Mario Gomez nearing Bayern return

Mario Gomez is on the final leg of his road to recovery after an ankle surgery sidelined him for three months.

Gomez, 27, said he is eager for his return to the Bayern Munich squad. The Germany international scored 26 goals during Bayern's 2011-12 Bundesliga campaign and 12 goals in Champions League. However, ankle surgery on an injury picked up after Euro 2012 means that the striker has not played at all this season.

Speaking to FCB.tv yesterday Gomez said: "I feel good. I am very happy it's getting better from day to day and that in the foreseeable future will be back in the squad." The former Stuttgart striker added that he had not set a date to return to the team, but it is anticipated that he could be back in two to three weeks or even sooner.

That raises the hope that he could return in time for Bayern's potentially decisive Champions League group game at Valencia on November 20, and also means he will almost certainly be back in the side when Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund visit the Allianz Arena on December 1.

At the time Gomez underwent the operation, initial statements from team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt claimed Gomez would be sidelined for six weeks, but the Germany international revealed he knew "from the day of his surgery that it could take three months".

He also revealed that the ongoing speculation in media about his return date has "amused me a bit".

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