Manuel Neuer should be fit for World Cup - Bayern's Jupp Heynckes

Manuel Neuer should be fit for World Cup - Bayern's Jupp Heynckes
From ESPN - February 16, 2018

MUNICH -- Jupp Heynckes has said he believes Manuel Neuer will play for Bayern Munich before the end of the season and take part in the World Cup.

Neuer, 31, has fractured his foot on three occasions in the past year, and the Bayern and Germany captain said after surgery in September that his recovery could take at least six months.

Heynckes told a news conference he had sent Neuer away from Germany to continue his recovery in Thailand.

"He followed my advice and has gone for a change of scenery away from Sabener Strasse," he said.

"I have shadowed his recovery closely since my return. We have celebrated major successes together, and I respect him not just as the best goalkeeper but also as a person.

"Manu is continuing to work on his fitness. Psychologically, he's doing well and is making very good progress."

Heynckes said he had not put a timeframe on Neuer's comeback, adding: "I have not told him he must be fit in February or March for Champions League games.

"I am not putting him under any pressure. But I am almost convinced that he will play for Bayern before the end of the season and will go to the World Cup.

"Manuel ca not afford to take any risks -- it's up to him, the doctors, physios, fitness trainers and I to decide when he can return to the training pitch."

Meanwhile, Neuer's understudy Sven Ulreich has extended his contract until 2021 after deputising for Neuer for much of the season.

Heynckes praised the keeper, set to make his 200th career Bundesliga appearance at Wolfsburg on Saturday.


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