Summary

  • Boateng hoping to be back in full training before Matchday 1.
  • defender still labouring under the effects of an injury sustained at UEFA EURO 2016.
  • Bayern get the 2016/17 season underway against Bremen.

Attention all Official Bundesliga Fantasy managers: Jerome Boateng is hoping to be fighting fit for Carlo Ancelotti's Bundesliga bow when reigning champions FC Bayern München host SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 1.

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The 27-year-old resumed light training last week having suffered a muscle tear in Germany's 2-0 loss to France in the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, but was unable to prove his fitness ahead of Bayern's Supercup win over Borussia Dortmund.

'It looks good right now'

The newly-crowned German footballer of the Year missed the majority of the second half of last season due to a similar ailment and, while hopeful of making a timely return, opted against making any promises. "I don't want to commit myself to anything," Boateng told German sports publication kicker. "It looks good right now, but the Bremen match might come too soon. I don't want anything to happen again now."

Boateng picked up the injury as Germany got knocked out of UEFA EURO 2016 by host nation France.

"When you look at all the games we play in the space of a year then I think you can say that it's a bit much," continued the Berlin native. "Things have gone well for me in respect to injuries, but it's an enormous workload when you take the weekly rhythm into account. You also don't want to suffer a drop in quality and then at the end of the season, when it matters most, have everyone tired."

Boateng, who is currently the most selected defender in Official Bundesliga Fantasy, made 19 top-flight appearances in the 2015/16 campaign scoring three times in the process.

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