Germany needn’t fear ought to captain Manuel Neuer not regain full health forward of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, in keeping with former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who put ahead Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen as one of the best of many high quality alternate options.
Germany goalkeeper Neuer, 31, is recovering from a fractured foot suffered in September — his third such harm previously 12 months. He’ll miss Bayern’s winter coaching camp in Qatar, and it’s as but unclear when the shot-stopper will return.
Nevertheless, Hitzfeld believes that Germany may do with out Neuer if he fails to return in time for the finals in Russia subsequent summer season.
“Joachim Low wouldn’t be apprehensive. Now we have a great deal of alternate options,” Hitzfeld, who retired from teaching in 2014, instructed German wire dpa.
“You will not be capable to change him like for like, he is one of the best keeper on the planet in any case. However others like Marc-Andre ter Stegen don’t want to cover behind him.”
Ter Stegen has gained 18 caps for Germany and is the undisputed first-choice keeper at La Liga giants Barcelona. The 25-year-old made a telling contribution as his aspect gained Three-Zero within the Clasico at Actual Madrid on Saturday.
Final week, Germany head coach Low had stated on B5 radio that the plan for Neuer is “to renew full coaching someday in February or March.”
“He’d have sufficient time then,” Low stated, calling the Bayern keeper “one of the best on the planet.”
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @uersfeld.