The saga of Manuel Neuer’s injured foot may be coming to an end as the Bayern Munich goalkeeper appears to be close to a return. In a report by Bild journalist Heiko Nidderer, German national team manager Joachim Löw stated his confidence that Neuer is close to a return.
Manuel is absolutely on track; he is now at about 90 percent and will soon increase his training load further. I’m confident that he will play for Bayern again this season—and that he’s going to the World Cup.
In addition, SportBild’s Christian Falk backed up the initial report and went deeper as he indicated that Neuer, Löw, and Bayern team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt met to discuss Neuer’s progress, which went well.
Es gab ein Gespräch mit @Manuel_Neuer Doc Müller-Wohlfahrt Köpke und Bundestrainer Löw. Ergebnis: Diese Woche Trainingssteigerung auf 100 Prozent. Löw: „Manuel wird diese Saison für @FCBayern noch zum Einsatz kommen“ @SPORTBILD— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) March 22, 2018
ESPN’s intrepid reporter Mark Lovell has also reported that Neuer was scheduled to run on a treadmill at full speed for the first time today. This would be a massive test for Neuer’s injured foot.
Bayern and Germany captain Manuel Neuer will try running on the treadmill at 100% for the first time on Thursday according to kicker, adding that if everything goes well @Manuel_Neuer could be back in goal for Bayern next month.— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) March 21, 2018
All reports are in sync that Neuer could be back soon enough to contribute to both Bayern and Germany, which would be a boost to both squads.