The versatile attacker has underlined the importance of the injured Germany captain at club and at international level
Thomas Muller has voiced his delight with the imminent return of Bastian Schweinsteiger and has stressed both Bayern Munich and Germany need the influential midfielder.
The 30-year-old recently resumed regular training after missing the opening months of the 2014-15 campaign due to injury.
Bayern have fared well without Schweinsteiger while Germany have struggled for form, yet Muller has insisted that the midfielder remains a key figure at both club and international level as he approaches his comeback.
“It’s very important that a player with his experience and CV is available again for the team,” Muller was quoted as saying by Bild.
“When you look back at his performance in the World Cup final, you can only acknowledge that we need that kind of display.
“His return will have a positive effect on the national team and on Bayern.
“A lot of players can benefit from his experience, especially in the tight qualification games.”
Germany will still be without Schweinsteiger when they take on Gibraltar on Friday.
The reigning world champions currently sit third in Group D with four points from three games.