Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won’t return to action until he is 100% healthy again.
Neuer is recovering from a hairline fracture in his left foot that he picked up in training in September. While he is on track with his recover, Heynckes has said that he won’t be rushing the player back into action.
“I think he is on schedule,” he said. “But I’ve always protected my players. With me, no player starts again until he has recovered completely. That’s why there’s no pressure from my side at all.”
— Manuel Neuer (@Manuel_Neuer) September 24, 2017
More details were provided by the team’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who said, “He’ll soon be able to put down the crutches. There’s no reason to be pessimistic. Everything is as the doctors said it would be. It’s all going to plan.”
Neuer’s replacement, Sven Ulreich, has been criticised after some poor performances earlier in the season but he has been steadily improving. Now he says that he has been surprised by the support he is receiving from fans and former players, “Everything goes so quickly in football. A few weeks ago, Lothar Matthaus said I have a problem with my eyes and now he praises me. I don’t give much thought to it. I just concentrate on the next matches. The coach has put a lot of focus on the defence. The aim is always to keep a clean sheet. We are defending compact again and working together as a team at the back.”
Meanwhile the team’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has said that they are unlikely to attempt to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. Bayern have reportedly tried to sign the player twice in the past but Salihamidzic denied the reports and said that there has been absolutely no discussion about signing him whatsoever.