Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has taken part in team training for the first time since his injury in September.

Neuer was initially ruled out until January after suffering a hairline fracture in his foot for the second time in seven months ago, and having taken several steps forward in his recovery, the biggest step comes on Friday as the World Cup winner will be intergrated into team training.

"It is super-class how Manuel Neuer is working," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes told a press conference on Friday. "He will participate in the warm-up as well as some passing drills. We are all happy with his overall development."

The towering goalkeeper has been in Munich for a few weeks having taken his rehabilitation work to Thailand, posting on his Instagram page that he will be working in the Asian country for the next week and enjoying some "Vitamin D" in the Thai sun.

Despite the long wait for his return, any concerns about Neuer’s fitness for the remainder of the season and into the World Cup have been nullified.

"I'm pretty confident I'll be playing again in the second half of the season,“ Neued told Sky Sport Bundesliga.

During Neuer's absence, Sven Ulreich has been taking the plaudits and helping sustain Bayern's charge towards a sixth straight Bundesliga title, and Neuer has sung his understudy's praises.

"He's a great goalkeeper and he's been able to prove that now," he said. "He's doing a great job here for Bayern and the team." As a result, Neuer cannot see why Ulreich may not be joining him in Russia in the summer, as part of the Germany squad. "It can't be ruled out, and I think it would be great," he said.

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Ensuring he too is at the World Cup is Neuer's priority, though.

"It's a very important tournament for me," said Neuer, who lifted the trophy in Brazil four years ago. "I think Germany need me and I like being part of the Germany team too. Anybody would like to be involved in a World Cup. I still have aims with Bayern in the second half of the season, and then of course the main objective of [playing with] the national team in the summer."

Germany's number one goalkeeper since the end of 2009, the five-time Bundesliga winner and World Cup holder has been restricted to just three Bundesliga outings this season – something he will be looking to add to between now and May as his comeback draws closer.

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