Thomas Muller is hopeful that Bastian Schweinsteiger can recover from a knee injury in time to feature for Germany at the European Championships this summer.
Manchester United’s Schweinsteiger partially tore ligaments in his right knee while training with the national side this week.
There were initial fears that the veteran midfielder would miss the rest of the campaign and the Euros but Muller believes that there is “still time” for Schweinsteiger to recover.
“It is bitter for him and it is bitter for us,” Muller said.
“But for the Euro there is still time. I cannot estimate exactly how long he will need but it is still possible that he will be at the Euros and it is important for the captain to be there. Whether it is in the first game and or later, it is important for Bastian to be there. Don’t forget it was like that before the World Cup with an injury concern but it worked out very positively in the end.”
The news of Schweinsteiger’s injury came as a bitter blow to Man United supporters as he had only just recovered from another knee injury.
Schweinsteiger had made several encouraging cameos from the substitute’s bench in recent weeks but he is now back to square one. It means that Marouane Fellaini will likely feature much more in midfield towards the end of the campaign.