Low confident of Neuer recovery ahead of World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Low has claimed that Manuel Neuer’s recovery is on schedule and that he is in line to make Germany’s World Cup squad.

Neuer suffered a second metatarsal break in six months in September but is set to return to action for FC Bayern München in April.

“Manuel is absolutely on schedule and will be upping his workload soon,” Low told the media ahead of Germany’s friendlies against Spain and Brazil, according to the Bundesliga’s website.

“I’m confident he’ll play for Bayern again this season – and that he’ll be travelling with us to the World Cup.”

Thomas Muller, who has been captaining Bayern and the national team in Neuer’s absence, echoed Low’s words.

“I see Manu a bit more than most and he always gives the impression that everything is okay,” Muller said.

“I’m not privy to what the medical situation is, but I haven’t heard anything to suggest things aren’t going according to plan. He’ll take the time he needs, and from what I know of Manu, you can never write him off. The debate about whether Neuer will be fit for the World Cup is understandable, but I think he’ll manage it.”

Germany’s World Cup squad is set to be announced on 4 June. For the meantime, they are preparing to host Spain at the Esprit Arena on Friday, with kick-off set for 21h45 CAT, before facing Brazil at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at 20h45 on Tuesday.