Munich – There was good news for German national team coach Joachim Löw on Monday, as FC Bayern München confirmed that injuries to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and skipper Philipp Lahm will not keep either player out of the upcoming FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
A thorough examination by club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt revealed that Neuer suffered a slight tear to his right shoulder joint capsule during Bayern's 2-0 extra-time victory over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's DFB Cup final. The 28-year-old Germany no1 will nonetheless join up as planned with the rest of Löw's provisional finals squad when they head out to their training camp in South Tyrol on Wednesday.
Lahm, 30, the captain of the national team as well as the freshly-crowned double-winners, is labouring with an ankle joint contusion and will not be able to train for five to seven days although he, too, will travel with the squad this week.
Germany open their World Cup Group G campaign against Portugal in Salvador on Monday 16 June.