Germany’s assistant manager, Marcus Sorg, has insisted that Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger is “100% on track” as he prepares for the upcoming European Championships.
Schweinsteiger has barely played this year having suffered a couple of serious injuries but Germany boss Joachim Low still named the influential midfielder in his 23-man squad for the competition.
There had originally been doubts over whether Schweinsteiger would be fit enough but Sorg moved to allay fears over the player’s fitness.
“He is definitely on target and physically in very good shape,” Sorg said.
“We will try to progress more in footballing terms over the next few days, so that he can play a valuable role for us in the tournament. We always wait to see how he reacts after training, so we are taking it day by day. Regarding his playing ability there is still something missing, but we have got enough time to bring him up to speed.”
It is certainly a gamble to take Schweinsteiger to France, particularly as players such as Marco Reus, who have injury problems of their own, were left behind.
But Schweinstieger’s leadership on the pitch was instrumental to Germany’s World Cup win in 2014 and Low will want him to make a similar impact on the Euros.
New Man United boss Jose Mourinho will also be checking on Schweinsteiger’s progress closely as he looks to finalise plans for his squad ahead of the new campaign.