St. Martin/Italy - Ten days after suffering an ankle injury in the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München and German national team captain Philipp Lahm has been able to successfully complete individual running exercises, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
Small steps for injured parties
Lahm, a late arrival to Germany's training camp in South Tyrol, is drawing closer to a return to first-team training, but FC Bayern team-mate Manuel Neuer's shoulder is likely to keep him out of action for the remainder of Germany’s training camp, which comes to an end on 31 May.
“It’s a huge positive to have him [Lahm] back on the training ground,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff. “We’re confident of his recovery. Philipp and Bastian Schweinsteiger are giving us constant feedback on their progress and hopefully they'll soon be back in training with the rest of the team. For Manuel it’s going to take a little longer. I don’t think we’ll be working with him while we’re here in South Tyrol.”
First-choice goalkeeper Neuer and Real Madrid CF's Sami Khedira, who joined up with the squad on Monday after victory in the UEFA Champions League final with a slight cold, were the only other absentees. “Sami's a little under the weather,” admitted Bierhoff, “but otherwise his body is in good shape. He knows he needs to rest for a while, but he wanted to join up as soon as possible”
Kaymer: 'Have to believe'
A visit from Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg, Germany’s foremost golfing superstar Martin Kaymer and DTM motor racing driver Pascal Wehrlein did, however, provide a welcome distraction from the daily rigours of pre-World Cup preparations, as well as some words of wisdom. “You’ve got to believe in yourselves,” urged Kaymer when talking to the Nationalmannschaft over lunch, while Rosberg encouraged them to go about their task “with fun and team spirit”.
Benedikt Höwedes and Julian Draxler were later involved in a on Tuesday evening, although neither of them suffered injury and can continue with training as planned.