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Manuel Neuer set to return as Germany’s No.1 in a friendly against Austria2 min read

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After missing almost the entire season in Bayern Munich training last year Germany number 1, Manuel Neuer, is set to return to action in a friendly against Austria in a bid to attain maximum fitness ahead of the  World Cup, the goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke has confirmed.  “As things stand, Manuel Neuer will play on Saturday,” he said. 

Germany coach Joachim Low named four goalkeepers in his provisional squad for the tournament, with Neuer being joined by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Bernd Leno, and Kevin Trapp. One of them will be dropped when the final squad for the tournament is submitted to FIFA on 4th June. Neuer hasn’t played a competitive game since September after undergoing surgeries for a broken foot but he recently stepped up his bid to be fully fit for the start of the World Cup by featuring in a test match against Germany’s Under 20s on Monday playing 30 minutes in the test match, which the senior side won 7-1 at their training camp in Italy.

Germany assistant coach Thomas Schneider said, “The coaches Jogi and Andi talked to Marc-Andre, who had a very good season and is an important part of the team since the Confederations Cup last year and who got even better this year, But Manu is a complete goalkeeper.” Neuer is set to play his first full match in Saturday’s friendly international against Austria in Klagenfurt.

Neuer was a big doubt for the World Cup but his recent return to training has built up hopes for his return. Speaking during a news conference at the team’s pre-tournament training camp, Kopke confirmed Neuer will take to the field in the friendly against Austria and the whole world is excited about his return. If Neuer were to fail to prove his fitness, Die Mannschaft can rely on Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who’s been in sensational for the Catalans throughout the campaign. 

With 74 appearances for Germany and just conceding 4 goals in seven matches at the 2014 World Cup, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win against Argentina in the final. Germany is bound to rely on their World Class stopper to perform in Group F along with Mexico, Sweden, and the Korea Republic. The current FIFA Confederations Cup holders and four-time world champions, Germany are naturally expected to top this group.  

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