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Heynckes won’t push Neuer to a comeback


Manuel Neuer has missed the majority of this season but he is doing well with his recovery – despite that, Jupp Heynckes won’t force him back into the first team and he will give him enough time to be fully prepared again.

Neuer suffered a repeat hairline fracture of a metatarsal in his left foot in training in September and was forced to undergo surgery, according to Goal. It was said, back in October, that he could be out of the action for more than 6 months but the latest news is much more positive as he is on the right track to be back again soon.

The Bayern Munich coach insisted that Manuel Neuer won’t play until he is 100% ready as he said: “I think he is on schedule. But I’ve always protected my players. With me, no player starts again until he has recovered completely. That’s why there’s no pressure from my side at all.”

The experienced German coach also spoke about his side’s upcoming match against Anderlecht: “You can never make the mistake of underestimating an opponent, especially in the Champions League. I saw Anderlecht’s match against Club Brugge, which impressed me. They are combative and they run well and have strengthened their defence. It won’t be a walk in the park. Jerome Boateng is back and will start. [Sebastian] Rudy and [Corentin] Tolisso have hardly played from the start; there’s a very realistic chance they will start. That’s not a risk for me.”

Sven Ulreich spoke about himself being given a chance to replace Manuel Neuer: “Everything goes so quickly in football. A few weeks ago, Lothar Matthaus said I have a problem with my eyes and now he praises me. I don’t give much thought to it. I just concentrate on the next matches. The coach has put a lot of focus on the defence. The aim is always to keep a clean sheet. We are defending compact again and working together as a team at the back.”