After over two months out through injury, Jerome Boateng is getting itchy feet, but the FC Bayern München defensive stalwart is not willing to take any risks as he nears a return to first-team action.
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In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the Germany international discussed life on the sidelines, Bayern's goals for the remainder of the season and the club's forthcoming summer tour of the USA.
bundesliga.com: Jerome Boateng, you've got your training gear back on – can we take that as a good sign? Are things looking up after you suffered a groin injury on 22 January?
Jerome Boateng: You can. It's going well and I can already manage two training sessions a day. Obviously I mustn't overdo it and have to take it one step at a time, but things are looking up.
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bundesliga.com: Have you put a time frame on being back in full training and returning to the pitch?
Boateng: You always have to be careful about doing that, but it could be in three to four weeks' time.
bundesliga.com: That means you could still be involved in all competitions: the DFB Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the big one, the pursuit of a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.
Boateng: I'm optimistic about the Bundesliga and winning a fourth successive title. That's our main objective. In the Champions League, I obviously want us to get through to the next round and progress to the semi-finals. I should be back by then. I really want that. The Champions League is a big goal of ours.
Interview by Oliver Trust