The first fixture of the Telekom Cup pits Bayern Munich against Fortuna Dusseldorf but Niko Kovac could find no room for James Rodriguez in the line-up.
Bayern instead lined up with Manuel Neuer, Niklas Sule, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, David Alaba, Kingsley Coman, Joshua Kimmich, Renato Sanches, Robert Lewandowski and Lars Lukas Mai.
It looks likely that the Colombian will have minutes in Dusseldorf, given that the games last 45 minutes, so he could play in the final to give him his first minutes in two months.
Bayern, who have won the competition in four of the 10 times it has run, return to Bundesliga action on Friday against Hoffenheim.
Then, the reigning champions will be out to cut down the difference between them and leaders Borussia Dortmund.
¡Última prueba antes del arranque de la 2ª vuelta! #TelekomCup
Los mejores momentos de los partidos podrán verlos minutos después en #FCBayernTVLive.
? FC Bayern Español (@FCBayernES) 12 de enero de 2019
This story was first published by Marca
via: USAHint Sports