Heynckes: Neuer's injury could cost him the World Cup

German Bundesliga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 04/05/2018

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has given an update on goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s injury ahead of the weekend Bundesliga match against Cologne on Saturday.

Neuer is nearing full fitness but won’t be selected for the weekend clash against Cologne and remains doubtful for the World Cup in Russia.

Neuer has been sidelined since September after he injured his Metatarsal, he has been a regular and for club and country when fit but he could miss Joachim Low’s squad list for Germany if he unable to shake off his injury for the summer tournament in Russia.

"He won't be in the squad on Saturday," Heynckes said.

"Today he will train a part [of the session] with the team and accelerate his recovery, so he'll take another step forward next week."

Asked when the shot-stopper will return to action, Heynckes said: "It depends on the doctors, Manuel and I. I cannot say that at the moment."

As for his chances of featuring in the DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 19, Heynckes said: "It is too early. We all have to be patient."

Sven Ulreich has deputised ably for Neuer throughout much of the season but committed an error that led directly to Karim Benzema's second goal as Bayern exited the Champions League semi-finals at the hands of holders Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Heynckes has no intention of punishing Ulreich for his costly mistake against Real Madrid in the semifinal of the Champions League second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The coach said: "He is currently our goalkeeper, right? He has my trust… he trusts me. That's why sometimes you do not need many words. That's why I do not worry about him at all."

"Manuel is in top [condition]," he said. "He has worked great again. He has great ambitions to go to the World Cup. 

"It's been very positive so far, but he cannot take any chances. He has to feel that for himself and the doctors must continue to give the go-ahead because that's a sensitive injury that has not always been [given] the right decision in the past."

Joachim Low could bank on Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Stergen for the number spot for the  Die Mannschaft.