Bayern Goalkeeper Neuer Doubtful For World Cup

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"I am feeling very good about all the things I am doing".

However, his teammate and vice-captain, Thomas Muller has said the handover of the Bundesliga shield will be done alongside with Neuer who is also Bayern's captain.

The 32-year-old has not featured for both his club and country since September 2017 after suffering a Metatarsal fracture while on duty for the Bavarians. It's hard to imagine playing at a tournament like the World Cup without any prior match practice.

Neuer said he remains in regular contact with Germany coach Joachim Low who is "well informed" about his comeback bid.

Bayern will battle Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final on May 19, and the manager is likely to hand him (Neuer) some playing time in the game.

Bayern and Germany captain Neuer was unwilling to give a timeframe for his return, saying he has "no prediction".

"I can not say anything right now", he said at Bayern's official presentation of their 2018-19 kit. "I need to have a good feeling before playing." the goaltender told Bundesliga's official websiteNeuer could target a 2 June friendly against Austria as a chance to show that he is ready to go to Russian Federation.

"It does not help to get distracted". I want to improve day by day and I try to regain my fitness as fast as possible.

But with Neuer now in the final stages of his recovery, the Germany global has claimed that his lack of game time will likely give Marc-André ter Stegen a chance to impress as Die Mannschaft's number one this summer.

That leaves only two opportunities for Neuer to enjoy match practise before the World Cup. We'll see if it's enough, but I can't say for certain.

"He's our captain and a strong personality, it just makes you feel good when "Manu" is behind you", said the burly centre-back. Sweden and South Korea are the other teams in their group.

Oliver Schmidtlein, former Bayern and Germany physio, believes Neuer would unlikely be available until after the group stages.