- Manuel Neuer has not played since September after suffering a broken foot
- Bayern Munich goalkeeper is expected to play before the end of the season
- Joachim Low believes his No 1 will be fit to fill a place in his World Cup squad
Joachim Low is confident that Manuel Neuer will be fit for the World Cup as he battles back from a broken foot.
However, Low believes his No 1 will get minutes under his belt before the season ends – something he admits is pivotal in deciding who makes the plane to Russia.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has not played since September due to a broken foot
Joachim Low leads the Germany squad in training in Dusseldorf on Wednesday morning
‘If a player plays no role in the preparation, it is difficult to nominate him,’ Low told reporters on Thursday.
‘When Manuel came to us on Tuesday, together with Andy Kopke [coach] and Dr [Hans-Wilhelm] 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 the growing together of the bones are absolutely fine and look very good.
Neuer saves a penalty from Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci during the quarter-finals of Euro 2016
The Germany squad go for a jog during training as they prepare to face Spain and Brazil
‘However, at the current stage he is not allowed to [train] at maximum, he is currently training at 90 per cent and wants to increase to 100 per cent this week so that he is fully resilient.
‘Then he can still get the necessary security in the training sessions. I assume and am very optimistic that Manuel will be present at the World Cup.’
Author: Nancy Parker
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