Mesut Ozil believes it is “very important” Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger recovers from injury in time to make Germany’s squad for the European Championships this summer.
Schweinsteiger injured his knee ligaments while training with Germany earlier this term and there are fears that he may miss Euro 2016.
Compatriot Ozil, who plays for Arsenal, stressed that it is vital Schweinsteiger recovers in time for the competition in France.
When asked how important Schweinsteiger is to the side, Ozil said: “Very important. Bastian is a great player and a great personality.
“Bastian Schweinsteiger is a footballer, not a mascot. We also do not need him as a third assistant coach. We need him and his experience and game intelligence on the court.”
When asked if he had spoken to Schweinsteiger about his debut season in the Premier League, Ozil added: “From time to time. We talked about it, that the move to the Premier League is not easy, because it is very goes to the bone here. I’m sure we will see much of him in Manchester when he is healthy. Because basically he feels very comfortable here.”
Schweinsteiger has had a mixed campaign for United: his leadership and experience has been crucial for Louis van Gaal’s side at points this season but he hasn’t shown his talents on a consistent enough basis.
Van Gaal recently claimed that Schweinsteiger will find it difficult to play again this term and it is hard to imagine him lining up for Germany in France. But Schweinsteiger himself is a determined character and he will do all he can to defy the odds.
The 31-year-old is highly regarded in Germany having led his country to victory at the 2014 World Cup with a match-winning display in the final and his absence would be a major blow, not just on the pitch but psychologically, too. United could certainly use him as well, with an FA Cup final on the horizon.