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Manuel Neuer targets return and is excited for the home stretch

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The injured goalkeeper intends to keep a strong presence with the team as it battles to secure a domestic double.

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s press conference did not deliver any bombshells, but the 33-year-old did touch on few subjects that would be of interest to fans. Specifically, Neuer is targeting the RB Leipzig game on May 11th for a return.

When asked about the timeline for his recovery, Neuer did not fully commit to May 11th, but said that the Leipzig game would be a “realistic” goal.

It’s hard to say at this early stage. My aim of course is to get fit again as quickly as possible. I think the match against Leipzig is a realistic target.

Despite his injury, Neuer plans to maintain a presence with the team. Bayern’s captain feels it is vital for him to be as involved as possible down the stretch run despite his injury.

I’m looking forward. For me, it’s important to be with the team despite my injury. We’ve got to give it our all until the very end of the season to finish ahead of Dortmund and reach the DFB-Pokal final.

Neuer also indicated that he is confident in Sven Ulreich to step in and perform for Die Roten as well.

He’s had some great games and put in good performances. I’m definitely not worried.

When taking a moment to reflect on what has been a roller coaster ride of a season, Neuer pointed out that what matters most is where the team is today — and that it is in a good position to win a domestic double.

It’s been a funny season and a lot has happened already. We’ve got to stay fully focused — we’re top of the table and have got to continue playing like we have done in our last few games.

(Quotes courtesy of @FCBayernEN)