Jerome Boateng and David Alaba both took significant steps forward in their recovery from injury as the 2018 World Cup draws ever nearer.
For the first time since suffering an adductor strain in the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid, Jerome Boateng resumed training with a ball at the training camp of Germany’s national team in Eppan, Italy.
Boateng did individual passing drills with assistant coach (and Bayern’s future U17 coach) Miroslav Klose and the Mannschaft’s fitness coaches. Coaching assistant Thomas Schneider said at a press conference the day before, “If everything goes according to plan, he could potentially jump back into (team) training next week.”
David Alaba meanwhile celebrated his comeback with Austria in a 1-0 win over Russia. Alaba came off the bench in the 58’ minute at the friendly game in Innsbruck. He has struggled with back problems for over a month. Austria take on “big brother” Germany in their final friendly match next week, where Manuel Neuer is widely anticipated to be the starting goalkeeper.