Germany captain Manuel Neuer said he was not at all sure what the 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar would be, but declared himself fully fit for the start of the tournament.
At the same time, it became clear that Wolfsburg striker Lucas Nmecha will certainly not be available to coach Hanzi Flick. Nmecha tore a patellar tendon in his right knee in the match against Borussia Dortmund and will be out for more than two weeks, his club have confirmed.
“Me and the coach have not talked about the full squad, but we have exchanged some names, words, assumptions,” said the 36-year-old Bayern goalkeeper, for whom the upcoming title is a fourth in a row.
He only returned to action a week ago after a shoulder injury that sidelined him for seven games.
“I’m playing again, but I’m even happier that everything is going well. I have no problems and I’m confident before the World Cup, I’m looking forward to the matches.”
However, until the German national team meets, he has one more meeting – with Schalke in the country’s championship. Both Neuer and the rest of the team expressed regret over Timo Werner’s injury and his inability to take part in the championship.
“I expected us to do something together with Timo. This is very bitter news for him. We wanted to be flexible in attack and he was a very important player for us. He has speed, he can get into the box with the ball at his feet. And he is very important for us in our strategy. So his absence opens a real gap,” added the goalkeeper.