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Schweinsteiger allays injury fears

May 26, 2014 07:48:30 UK

Bastian Schweinsteiger has shrugged off fears he may miss the World Cup because of a knee injury and has insisted he will be joined in Brazil by Bayern Munich team-mate Philipp Lahm.

Germany’s midfield lynchpin Schweinsteiger missed the 2-0 DFB-Pokal victory against Borussia Dortmund because of the problem and captain Lahm sustained an ankle injury.

Club colleague and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also injured his shoulder against Jurgen Klopp’s men and concerns have been raised that the trio may miss out for Joachim Low’s Nationalmannschaft in South America.

However, Schweinsteiger has said he expects he and his team-mates will be ready for Germany’s crunch Group G opener against Portugal on 16th June.

“We and the doctors are not magicians. So we will have to see how fast the injuries take to heal, but I think everybody is feeling good,” Schweinsteiger said at a press conference.

“The most important thing is to feel healthy in the first game. I would not be worried even if Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer or I could not play in one of the (pre-tournament) friendlies. I am sure that everyone will be fit for Brazil.”

Influential utility operator Lahm added: “Basically I am feeling fine, except that I am not able to do everything now. That is the case. You need some time and patience, but I have that.

“There is no special schedule. You have to see how the ankle reacts to pressure day by day. That is why you need time. But I am not worried about the first game of the World Cup.”

Germany have not won a major international trophy since EURO 96 and are currently priced 6.50 in the World Cup outright betting.

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