Bayern ‘not rushing’ Neuer comeback, says coach Tuchel

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich thanks the crowd following the August 13, 2021, match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Bayern Munich in Moenchengladbach, western Germany. The game was tied 1-1 at the finish. (AFP photo by Ina Fassbender)


Coach Thomas Tuchel of Bayern Munich stated his team would “not rush anything” as captain Manuel Neuer neared a return from injury after nearly a year on the sidelines.



At a press conference on Friday, Tuchel stated that the return of Manu to training was “sensationally excellent news,” but added that Bayern “would not get crazy and would not rush anything, despite the elation from all of us and from me.


“That’s why we’re waiting until after a few more training sessions.”


Sven Ulreich, Bayern’s backup goalkeeper, will participate in the team’s upcoming away games against Mainz and Galatasaray, according to the manager, who also hinted that Ulreich would appear at home on October 28 against Darmstadt. Ulreich won the 2014 World Cup.


Tuchel remarked, “He feels well, he has confidence.


In a 2-0 victory away at his old team Schalke on November 12, 2022, Neuer, who helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013 and 2020, made his final appearance for the organization.


The 37-year-old then led Germany during their World Cup elimination in Qatar’s group stage before injuring his leg while skiing shortly after his comeback in December.


Tuchel stated, “I have to say, I’m incredibly proud of him for the way he pursued his comeback,” adding that Neuer was already displaying his “extraordinary quality” in practice.


Along with Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Noussair Mazraoui, and Dayot Upamecano would be absent for Saturday’s match against Mainz, and Joshua Kimmich’s return “will be very tight” as the midfielder recovers from an illness that forced him to leave Germany’s tour of the United States early. Bayern currently sit third in the table after seven games, two points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen and one behind second-place Stuttgart.

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