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Manuel Neuer trains with a ball again

For the first time in months, Manuel Neuer completed a session of goalkeeping training.

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of FC Bayern Muenchen practices during a training session at the club's Saebener Strasse training ground on February 14, 2017 in Munich, Germany. FC Bayern Muenchen will play Arsenal FC in the Champions League match on Wednesday. Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

For the first time since refracturing his left metatarsal in September 2017, Manuel Neuer completed a full training session that included some ball work in goal. After some moderate jogging and stretching, the keeper did some significant diving drills in goal with Bayern’s rehab coach, Thomas Wilhelmi, and goalkeeping coach, Toni Tapalovic.

The session marks an important milestone in Neuer’s recovery, as this was the first time since the injury that he has done any fast-paced diving and cutting in between the posts, much to the delight of those watching on at Säbener Straße.

The training session comes just over a week after Neuer was cleared for doping in relation to the stem-cell therapy he had mentioned that he was doing during an interview with FC Bayern TV. He was cleared shortly after Germany’s anti-doping agency paid him and was able to continue his training regiment without interruption.

Thomas Muller took to social media to welcome back his compatriot:

Fantastic to see this!

With this major step forward, Neuer is confident that he will play for Bayern before this summer’s World Cup, where he’ll be Germany’s number one keeper. Without any setbacks between now and then, all looks to be going according to plan and it’s a welcoming sight to finally see him training at (almost) full tilt once again.

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