Manuel Neuer makes return to first-team training

Bayern Munich and German international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has mad his long-awaited return to first-team training as he recovers from a fractured metatarsal in his left-foot which has kept him out of action since September.

Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich
Manuel Neuer is hoping to make a return to fitness in time for this summers World Cup in Russia

Manuel Neuer, the FC Bayern captain made his long awaiting return to training today on his 32nd birthday, boosting Bayern Munich’s title and Champions League run-in, and an even bigger boost to Joachim Low’s German national team setup in time for this summers World Cup in Russia.

Bayern posted the following on the clubs official twitter account: “Happy Birthday to our #1 and only Manuel Neuer. Our captain is back on the training pitch.”

Neuer has missed the latest rounds of international friendlies again Spain and Brazil but is expected to be back in the squad for friendlies just before the World Cup and part of Germany’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. However, nobody is sure if he will replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen who has been deputising in Neuer’s absence.

Joachim Low recently told a news conference ahead for Germany friendlies this week: “If a player plays no role in the preparation, it is difficult to nominate him.

“When Manuel came to us on Tuesday, together with goalkeeping coach Andy Kopke and Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt we had a long conversation with him. Manuel is absolutely on schedule. It is planned that he will still play at Bayern this season.

“The doctor has assured me that the condition of his scar and growing together of the bones are absolutely fine and look very good.

“However at the current stage he is not allowed to train at maximum, he is currently training at 90 percent and wants to increase to 100 percent this week so that he is fully resilient.

“Then he can get the necessary security in the training sessions. I assume and am very optimistic that Manuel will be present at the World Cup.”