Munich - Off the Ball,’s daily weekday feature, casts an eye over the weird, wonderful and sometimes controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight.

In today’s instalment, we look at two big names no longer on FC Bayern München’s casualty list, a surprise on the training ground at Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05’s very modern take on fighting crime.

There was good news for Bayern fans today, with Ballon d’Or nominee Frank Ribery captured back in action out on the pitch of the club’s Säbener Strasse training facility. The France international sat out the Reds’ Klassiker win over Borussia Dortmund after picking up a rib injury on FIFA World Cup play-off duty last week, but looks in fettle after some rest and relaxation. He was joined by the Bundesliga’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer Claudio Pizarro, himself on the road to recovery following a thigh problem.

There was plenty to cheer about for FC Bayern's title rivals Borussia Dortmund too this morning, as Jürgen Klopp's charges were joined for training earlier today by long-term injury victim Neven Subotic. As much as he'd like to have got involved, the Serbia international was only there as a spectator, although a part of him might well have wanted to show off his mad crutch skills - not that such behaviour is recommended after knee ligament surgery...

And finally, Mainz 05 took to Twitter and Facebook this morning in the hope of recovering a certain Colombian’s prized set of wheels. The resourceful call to arms read, "Attention, this is no joke! Stop the thief! Last night, Elkin Soto’s car was stolen in Mainz-Gonsenheim. Wanted: a black BMW X5, registration MZ-SK 422. M05 will reward anyone who helps lead the police to the perpetrator - or the car - with a VIP season ticket for next season." So, on the off chance you have seen it, do let them know.