Almost five months after breaking his leg, national soccer goalkeeper Manuel Neuer spoke positively about the status of his lengthy rehabilitation. The Munich captain, who has been injured since December, is also optimistic about the final sprint in the close Bundesliga duel between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for the championship title. “We’ve got it back in our own hands now. I’m sure we’ll be champions,” said the 37-year-old. Bayern took over the lead from BVB last Sunday. The champions of the past ten years go into the last four games with a one-point lead over the second-placed team.

Neuer suffered a fractured lower leg while ski touring on vacation after the World Championships in December. Regarding the status of his rehabilitation, he said in a report on the German record champions’ website: “I’m fine. I’m happy to come to Säbener Straße every day and train there. The rehabilitation is going very well, we are satisfied. It’s fun to take a step forward every day.” The last medical images of the leg were also good: “We are all optimistic.”

Neuer can do goalkeeper-specific exercises “indoors” again. These worked very well, reported the Bayern captain. He can also “ride a bike again without any problems and also do most of the strength exercises”. On an anti-gravity treadmill, he can run with a reduced body weight.

If everything goes according to plan, he could soon start with individual exercises on the lawn. Neuer wants to be back in goal for FC Bayern next season. The home EM 2024 with the German national team is still a goal for the injured DFB captain.