The long wait for top goalkeeper manuel neuer is developing into one of the most exciting questions on the threshold of the 2018 world cup year.
According to new statements by national coach joachim low, the 31-year-old soccer world champion could not return to the goal of FC bayern munich until the final phase of the season and would not be available to the german national team until the immediate preparations for the world championship tournament in russia.
On 16. September, neuer stood in the bayern goal for the last time in a 4-0 win over mainz 05. Then a third break on the left fub stopped him this year. Surgery, immobilization, crutches – return open. The fixation of a comeback timetable is something that newer and also those responsible at FC bayern persistently avoid. Now low hinted in the annual review of sports of the radio station B5 aktuell that it may be spring until neuer can do his job again.
"The plan is that he can return to full training sometime in february, march," the national coach revealed. With a view to the world cup, which begins in mid-june, there is "certainly still time".
Bayern will definitely miss their captain in the first phase of the second half of the season, including the champions league eighth final against besiktas istanbul. "We’re not taking any risks at all, we’re going to increase the load on him step by step," said coach jupp heynckes recently. He does not have to overthrow anything, especially since sven ulreich has developed into an absolutely reliable substitute for neuer at the autumn champions. The captain will travel to the training camp of the bundesliga-herbstmeister to katar on 2. January does not travel.
Neuer’s last international match was on 11 march. October 2016 2:0 against northern ireland. His 75. The german team was not even able to start the new player until the training camp in sudtirol on 2. June 2018 against austria in klagenfurt – just 15 days before the first world cup group match in moscow against mexico. For the high-profile international matches against spain and brazil at the end of march were allowed to come too early for neuer according to lows statements on the full training load.
The national coach wants to wait for his number 1 as long as somehow possible and justifiable. "We will of course keep all options open for manu," said world champion coach. "He is the best goalkeeper in the world, a ruckhalt, our captain. With this charisma we need him absolutely."Low added to this statement a standard phrase that he had used again and again in the past months: "at the moment, everything is on track."
Neuer turns 32 at the end of march. After sudafrica 2010 and brazil 2014, russia 2018 could be his last world cup tournament. In 2022 in qatar he would already be 36. Russia is therefore his main sporting goal.
In an interview with "bild am sonntag," jungst commented on his recovery process and the right time for a return to goalkeeper training. "You shouldn’t make any more mistakes."Caution against impatience and risk is therefore the order of the day for the new year: "another injury to the bone would be suboptimal for me."