Will Manuel Neuer be fit for the World Cup?
Widely considered to be the world’s best goalkeeper, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is facing a long spell on the sidelines.
Neuer played with a broken foot as Bayern Munich exited the Champions League to Real Madrid last April.
That was the end of Neuer’s 2016/2017 season.
Neuer returned for this campaign but his last Bayern Munich match was the 4-0 win over Mainz in mid-September.
Bayern then announced that Neuer had injured his left foot again in training and underwent surgery.
Neuer was expected to be out until January 2017…
Initially, Manuel Neuer was expected to be out until January 2017.
However, Neuer has been speaking with Bayern Munich’s in-house TV station and now suggests that he could be out for another six months.
Neuer: “There’s tissue repair going on inside the foot, this can last up to six months. It hasn’t been an easy for me and I am longing to be back on the pitch.”
The Germany number one added: “Of course, it always depends on the healing process. My recovery is going well so far. I’m very positive and think I am making progress.”
Plenty of change at Bayern Munich…
If Neuer’s recovery does take six months, he would be looking at a return from injury in March 2018.
If that were the case, Neuer would hope to be fit for Bayern’s usual late season charge for trophies.
Since Neuer has been out, Bayern Munich have sacked Carlo Ancelotti, and re-appointed former coach Jupp Heynckes.
Germany comfortably qualified for the World Cup and Neuer is keen to battle for a second successive trophy in Russia.
Neuer: “Repeating that success with Germany, that’s never happened before and would naturally be a dream for us all.”
Bayern Munich are five points behind Borussia Dortmund – their next game is against Freiburg on Saturday.