Nagelsmann confirms Manuel Neuer's injury return against Hertha Berlin
Being sidelined since Bayern's 2-2 draw with Dortmund due to a shoulder injury, the Bavarian giants' captain is set to end his seven-match absence in their Bundesliga clash against Hertha on Saturday.
Ahead ofBayern Munich
's Bundesliga trip to Hertha Berlin on Saturday,Julian Nagelsmann
claimed none of their possible Champions League draws won't be happy to be drawn with Bayern in the next round. Bayern might face Liverpool, Club Brugge, Milan or Paris Saint-Germain.
Giving an injury update onManuel Neuer
’s injury, Bayern’s boss told his press conference:
"If the final training session goes well, Manu will come along and also play. I assume it will, but we'll see how the shoulder reacts. This week went well.
"We didn't consciously wait longer, we just waited until he was pain-free. When you start again after an injury, there is always some risk, but I don't calculate that, it's the doctors.
"If they give the clearance, [the risk] is obviously so small so that he can play, but anything can happen when you have a bruised shoulder. Football is a contact sport, so you can never rule everything out."
Julian Nagelsmann confirmed
Matthijs de Ligt
will keep sidelined in Bayern's Saturday clash. He added:
"Thomas and Matthijs are still out. Matthijs' knee reacted again, so we could not increase [his workload].
"It was originally the idea [for De Ligt to return], but unfortunately it doesn't work. That's why he won't be flying to Berlin, the same with Thomas. The plan is for them to come back during the week."
On the Champions League last-16 draw on Monday, the German coach was asked about the possibility of meetingLiverpool
. He responded:
"There are easier draws, but you can also turn the tables. There aren't too many teams who want to play against us.
"It's all very hypothetical, the next Champions League game is in a few months. The current form of Liverpool, or us, Milan, PSG, or Brugge is not decisive.
"Until then, a lot will happen. I also read all of this, I know who our potential opponents are and I have an opinion on all of them. But I'm not making the choice, so we'll wait and see."
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