Germany head coach Joachim Low still uncertain on Bastian Schweinsteiger recovery

by Tanveer Arayan

Germany head coach Joachim Low says he is uncertain when captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will be fit enough to return to training.

Schweinsteiger sustained knee damage while on international duty with Germany in March and ruled himself out for the rest of the season.

The 31-year-old was included in the provisional squad for Euro 2016 even though he only made six appearances for the club in 2016 due to knee ligament injuries.

Speaking about his recovery, Low insists he is still unsure if Schweinsteiger will be fit enough to make his final cut.

“With Hummels, it’s clear when he comes back. Certainly he will need a few more days,” he said.

“With Bastian Schweinsteiger, we don’t know when he will be back in the training with the team.”

Schweinsteiger recently said he felt right on schedule in his rehabilitation and expects to prove his fitness before Low has to trim his squad but with no further improvements it doesn’t look like he’ll be on the plane to France for the finals.

Low has claimed he won’t be rushing Bastian back to action before he’s ready, despite the fact that Sunday’s friendly against Slovakia in Augsburg will be his last chance to see if the United midfielder has what it takes to make the final 23-man squad.

It’s a shame to see Bastian miss the tournament and it will be a big blow to the German squad as he’s been a real leader on the team, but there’s no need for added pressure on his shoulders. He should be putting his head down and looking to hit the ground running so he can prove himself to Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford next season.

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