Pep Guardiola joins in with Bayern Munich training exercise

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has enjoyed such an illustrious managerial career that it's easy to forget just how good a footballer he was during his days as a player.

However, thanks to new footage of the Spanish tactician - captured by the Bundesliga champions' official YouTube channel - fans have been reminded of the 43-year-old's talent, after he was filmed taking part in a training ground exercise with the rest of his first-team squad.

Playing a game of piggy in the middle - or 'rondo' as it's known in Guardiola's mother tongue - the former Barcelona man can be seen showcasing his neat touch and sharp control in an increasingly frantic warm-up session earlier this week.

Featuring Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mehdi Benatia and Dante - as well as a number of other senior stars not on international duty - the Bayern boss showed that he's still got the skills to cut it at an elite level.

In fact, given the current injury crisis being experienced at the Allianz Arena, Guardiola might be tempted to pick himself due to his lack of options available for selection, with eight first-team players now out of action.

Club captain Philipp Lahm is the latest casualty to be added to the treatment table after it was confirmed on Tuesday the World Cup winner faces a lengthy lay-off of up to three months after fracturing his right ankle.

The 31-year-old was actually injured in the same open training session that Guardiola made a brief cameo in, and follows Holger Badstuber, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, Thiago Alcantara, Claudio Pizarro and the two goalkeepers Tom Starke and Pepe Reina on the sidelines.

It's the first serious injury that Lahm has suffered since he tore a ligament in his elbow in 2006, and adds to Bayern Munich's growing list of problems in the build-up to their home clash against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Return to domestic action

On a more positive note, Guardiola has welcomed Schweinsteiger back into the first-team fold, after completing his rehabilitation from a persistent knee tendon problem that has prevented him from playing at all this season.

Thankfully, the Bavarians have been able to call upon summer signing Xabi Alonso, who has filled the void in the middle of the park with relative ease, and continues to excel at his new club after leaving Real Madrid in the summer. He might've even given Guardiola a run for his money!

Watch footage of Pep Guardiola showcasing his skills in the video below - and have your say what level of football you think the Spanish coach could still play at!

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