Thomas Tuchel reveals Manuel Neuer is ‘excited’ to make his Bayern Munich return after TEN months out with a broken leg – and insists the goalkeeper should be ‘proud of himself’ after recovering from the skiing accident
- Manuel Neuer, 37, sustained a broken leg in a skiing accident last December
- The Bayern Munich captain will make his return against Darmstadt on Saturday
- Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel believes Neuer should be proud after his recovery
Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel has claimed Manuel Neuer should be ‘proud of himself’ as the goalkeeper prepares to make his return from injury after 10 months out with a broken leg.
The 37-year-old has been out of action since breaking his leg in a skiing accident in the Bavarian Alps last December.
Neuer had said he was attempting to ‘clear his head’ following Germany’s group stage exit at the World Cup in Qatar, which saw his last match on December 1.
He returned to training in August but his comeback was pushed back last month after being left out of Bayern’s squad for a German DFB Cup tie against SC Preussen Munster.
Tuchel has confirmed that Neuer will return to the starting line-up in Bayern’s Bundesliga game at home to Darmstadt on Saturday.
Manuel Neuer will make his return for Bayern Munich after 10 months on the sidelines
Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel said Neuer should be proud of his recover from a broken leg
Tuchel has backed the goalkeeper to return to his top form and claimed ‘he’s in his own league’
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‘He’s excited, we’re excited. There’s probably a lot of other people excited about it too,’ Tuchel told a pre-match press conference.
‘It’s a special situation, I can feel his excitement and his class.
‘He’s enjoying things right now and he can he proud of himself. He should enjoy it, and that will make him strong.
‘His comeback is very impressive, I notice the difference in his condition.
‘I’m almost proud of the fact he’s come back, I’m very confident he’ll quickly reach his top form.
‘I see a whole new level in goalkeeper training, he’s in his own league.’
Neuer will replace Sven Ulreich in goal and praised the 35-year-old for being a ‘safe pair of hands’ for Bayern Munich this season.
The 37-year-old has admitted he was ‘excited’ for his return having overcome setbacks in his recovery.
‘I’m most excited about being back on the pitch with my team-mates,’ Neuer told Bayern’s club website.
‘There were a few setbacks along the way, but those can be expected with such a big and lengthy injury.
‘But as a patient or a sportsperson you don’t want to accept that and try to be even strong than nature, but that’s simply a part of such a big injury and you just had to remain patient and keep working hard.
‘I’m obviously looking forward to playing in front of our fans again and hopefully celebrating a win.’
Neuer has been out of action since breaking his leg in a skiing accident last December
Neuer will replace Sven Ulreich, left, in goal when Bayern Munich face Darmstadt on Saturday
Neuer admitted he was excited to be returning after overcoming setbacks during his recovery
Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga after six wins and two draws at the start of the season.
Tuchel’s side are two points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen and are a point adrift of second placed Stuttgart.
Neuer has been a stalwart for the German national team since making his debut in 2009, with the goalkeeper making 117 appearances for his nation, while he was named captain in 2017.
New Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has confirmed earlier this month that Neuer will not be restored as captain should he return.
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