The defender completed a rigorous individual training session under the supervision of fitness coaches Ruwen Faller and Henrik Kuchno plus his Greek physio Lefteris Pavlidis. "It felt fantastic to be back on the pitch again. Even though it was very tiring," said Papadopoulos. "I'm making progress day-by-day and I hope I'll back in full training very soon."
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also trained at the side of the pitch while his team mates started to work through final preparations for the first competitive match of the new season in the DFB Cup tie against FC Nöttingen next Monday.
The 'Hunter', currently struggling with a muscular problem, did some work with the ball but mainly completed circuits round the training ground. He should be available for the Cup game.