Germany boosted by Neuer return

The Bayern Munich keeper took part in a running session on Thursday but is unlikely to be risked for Sunday’s friendly against Cameroon

Manuel Neuer has handed Germany a boost after his returning to training on Thursday.

The Bayern Munich keeper hurt his right shoulder in his side’s 2-0 DFB Pokal final win over Borussia Dortmund on May 17 and there were concerns he could be a doubt ahead of the World Cup.

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday that Germany would be adopting a cautious approach to his reintroduction, but Bayern have now confirmed that he has resumed preparations for Brazil.

The 28-year-old took part in a running session with his team-mates, but is not likely to be in contention for Sunday’s friendly against Cameroon.

Neuer’s club team-mate Philipp Lahm also returned to training this week following a foot injury, while Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped up his comeback from a tendon problem.

Germany have been drawn in Group G for the World Cup alongside Portugal, Ghana and United States.

Joachim Low’s side face Ghana in their Group G opener at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on June 21.

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