Same foot, same spot. A stress fracture has sidelined Manuel Neuer once again in 2017. His understudy Sven Ulreich is experienced enough and Neuer will be back for the season's crunch time this spring. So no major worries for Bayern?
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Germany's first choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will only go to Russia if he is 100 percent fit. The Bayern Munich star has not played since September 2017, but is on course to start Saturday's friendly against Austria.
An error-strewn display saw Germany fall to defeat against a David Alaba-inspired Austria. Germany were, however, boosted by an encouraging performance by Manuel Neuer, who played his first full game since September.
Joachim Löw has said he has been encouraged by Manuel Neuer's progress in recovering from a foot injury. However, he also said his captain will need to be "100 percent fit" if he is to make the final World Cup squad.
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