In one of the good news for German champions FC Bayern Munich, it is reported that their star keeper Manuel Neuer has returned to the squad’s training, following a comeback session with the other keepers, as he is looking forward to start a game for the defensing Bundesliga winners. Bayern have lost the German Cup to arch rivals RB Leipzig owing to a Dani Olmo masterclass, where he bagged the bragging rights of scoring a hattrick, but have won their consecutive Bundesliga games, in order to defend their title.
Neuer returns to training
Manuel Neuer has been one of the legendary custodians for Germany over the years. Rightly considered to be the successor of German great Oliver Kahn, Neuer has always delivered himself on the bigger stages, thus building a legacy in his favor, which will be very difficult to fill in his shoes. He has been a regular for the German National side and serial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, and has won multiple accolades, which involves a coveted World Cup in 2014, where he was awarded the Golden Glove Trophy, and has led Bayern to several titles.
Last December, Bayern fans were treated to a very unfortunate news that their star custodian Neuer has suffered from a freak skiing accident in which he has broken his leg, thus showing ominous signs for an immediate return in the second half of the league, where they were chasing Borussia Dortmund. As a result, Bayern board went berserk in looking for a replacement and found Yann Sommer in dispose from Borussia Monchengladbach, who happily served the duties of being a first-choice keeper for them, in Neuer’s absence. But, Sommer, after shouldering the keeping duties with the Bavarians, had left to ply his trade with Italian giants Inter Milan, where he is dubbed as the first-choice starter after Andre Onana left them for Manchester United.
“On the comeback”
On Neuer’s return, Bayern released an official statement stating their elation on the star’s possible comeback, which said, “the 37-year-old captain completed a session with his goalkeeping colleagues” and “has now taken the next step on the comeback trail.” Although the Bavarians did not give a clear ultimatum on when Neuer will be seen taking the field, they have released a photo of the custodian stopping the ball with his outstretched hand, hinting on an early comeback. He was last seen on his field duties on December 1, for a Germany game at the World Cup.
Sven Ulreich, Neuer’s long standing back-up was promoted to the first position and has happily shouldered his duties under the goal in the first three games, including two victories in the league. But, if Neuer comes early, he would have to sacrifice his spot as Bayern would definitely go for their legendary custodian.
Thomas Tuchel’s side has added Daniel Peretz to bolster the goalkeeping options, who has joined the German champions from Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Neuer’s surgery involved removal of metal implants from his leg, and according to gaffer Tuchel, his recovery is occurring at a rate which was faster than expected.
With Neuer’s inclusion, Bayern would be able to field a potent squad with Kane on the frontal attack, and Neuer leading the side. The back-up options of Tuchel’s side included Alex Nubel, who was loaned to Stuttgart, thus left with Ulreich and Peretz to their rescue, until Neuer arrives to enhance the squad depth.