Germany manager Joachim Low remains confident that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be ready to perform at the World Cup after recovering from injury.
The FC Bayern Munchen star missed most of the 2017/18 season due to a foot injury which required surgery last September. He hasn’t played in a competitive game since, but Low still has faith that Neuer will be ready.
The 32-year-old made Low’s provisional World Cup squad and was given the number 1 jersey. However, some doubts still remain regarding Neuer’s match fitness.
“I’m optimistic and I assume that Manuel Neuer is able to make it,” Low told Bild.
“He has now been back in Bayern’s training for more than two weeks and has reached the maximum load of physical demand. I think he can maintain this load in our training camp.
“Only Manuel himself can evaluate in the end if he still has subconscious fears. He promised us that we’ll talk about that honestly. He is aware of his responsibility for himself and the team as well.”
“Manuel goes to the World Cup as a player who is a 100 percent ready to play – otherwise he won’t,” he added.
“It won’t be that he only goes with us as a captain who just sits on the bench.”