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back FIFA World Cup | 03.06.2014 19:08:38

Bayern trio edge closer to World Cup fitness

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger is almost back to full fitness and could feature in Germany's friendly against Armenia on Friday
  • Philipp Lahm is unlikely to be risked in that fixture, although the Germany and FC Bayern captain is now able to do ball exercises once more
  • Manuel Neuer has not yet resumed goalkeeper-specific training following a shoulder injury, but has been doing fitness work instead

Munich - Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer are all on course to be fit in time for the World Cup kick-off in Brazil after the trio came through individual training programmes at FC Bayern München’s Säbener Strasse complex in Munich on Tuesday.

The German national team’s fitness coach, Darcy Norman, put the players through their paces, with Lahm able to do ball work once more following ankle trouble, while all three completed interval running exercises. However, Neuer opted against partaking in a goalkeeper-specific routine with Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke.

Duo doubtful for friendly

The Bayern custodian is therefore still highly doubtful to feature in Friday’s warm-up game against Armenia in Mainz, with Lahm’s participation also unlikely so close to the start of the World Cup.

Schweinsteiger is expected to be available for selection as the 29-year-old rejoined full team training at Germany’s preparation camp in South Tyrol last week, although the midfielder played no part in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Cameroon on Sunday.

Individual training

Die Nationalmannschaft’s first World Cup group game is on 16 June in Salvador against Portugal, with fixtures against Ghana (21 June) and USA (26 June) to follow. Germany fly out to Brazil on Saturday evening.

Head coach Joachim Löw gave his final 23-man squad time off from Monday afternoon until Thursday afternoon, when they will reconvene in Mainz to prepare to face Armenia. Each of the players was handed an individual training programme to complete in the meantime, with Sami Khedira expected to work double-shifts in an effort to regain sharpness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury.

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