Bayern Munich defender Niklas Süle came into Germany’s training camp under a bit of scrutiny due to his fitness level following an injury during the club season.
Süle, however, has worked extremely hard to get himself ready and could even make an appearance on Wednesday against Denmark.
“Every game and training session we have before the opening game against France is extremely important. We can get to know each other more and test out what we’ve worked on in training,” Süle said to the DFB website. “We’ve worked hard during the training camp and I think we’ve made a good start.”
Süle said Denmark will be a good test and is a very quality side.
“Denmark have a number of players who play in Germany or across Europe’s top leagues. We played them before the 2017 Confederations Cup and drew 1-1,” Süle said. “We will take this game very seriously. It will be a good test for us. With regard to the tournament, the game isn’t that important, mainly because it’s in the middle of our training camp.”
Süle has put in some extra work in an attempt to get back to full fitness and the results have been excellent. The big man downplayed any special measures, though, and said he started his “extra” training while still at Bayern Munich a couple of weeks ago.
“I’ve worked really hard and I used the final two quarantine matchdays wisely with Bayern,” Süle said. “I’ve had small setbacks regarding my muscles in the last two, three months. I wouldn’t say that I’m at 100% yet, but I’m on the right path to be fully fit for the France game. I’m doing a little extra for my body and my knee. You have to do stuff for your body when you’ve torn your ACL twice, whether it’s physio, strength training or running. I might go for a few more runs than the others, but it’s not important because everyone is working hard. However, when the others had a day off, I trained with Bayern. I’m starting to catch up.”