Munich - FC Bayern München midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could be back in action again before the end of the year, according to executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Rummenigge optimistic

The 30-year-old hasn't featured since aggravating a knee injury in the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star game on 6 August, but now stands on the cusp of making his return to team training.

"It's conceivable he'll play again in 2014," Rummenigge told Germany's largest specialist football magazine,

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. "It's possible he'll be back in team training [during next week's international break]."