Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen centre-half Kyriakos Papadopoulos took a major step towards his recovery from a shoulder injury on Monday when he underwent an individual training session at the club's training ground.

The Greek international was forced to miss the final four games of the 2014/15 campaign after going under the knife in April. On Monday, however, he was back on the training pitch and participated in an individual rehabilitation session with physio Carsten Rademacher.

His Werkself colleagues had it slightly tougher, with coach Roger Schmidt putting the remainder of the squad through an intensive training session in blistering sunshine. Monday's afternoon session, however, was cancelled after the players' efforts in 38-degree heat during a 1-0 friendly defeat to SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach the previous day. Instead, Leverkusen's stars took their places for the customary pre-season photoshoot.

"Papa is back on the training pitch!"