Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer unsure over World Cup status for Germany

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Manuel Neuer has said his participation in the 2018 World Cup for Germany is still in doubt.

Neuer, 32, has not played a competitive match since undergoing surgery in September and is yet to resume full training with the World Cup less than six weeks away.

Asked if he was 100 percent sure he would make the World Cup at the club’s new kit presentation, he said: “I cannot say at the moment.

“I am feeling very good about all the things I am doing. It looks good.”

Bayern play Stuttgart in their final Bundesliga game on Saturday and aim for a 12th domestic double in the DFB Pokal Final against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 19.

However, the Bayern and Germany captain remains unwilling to give a timeframe for his return, saying he has “no prediction.”

He added: “I have to make the correct decision for me, the team and the football republic of Germany. It doesn’t help getting flustered.

“I want to get better every day and am trying to get fit as soon as possible. Up to this point, I have made positive steps and I am trying to continue like this. Then we will see if this is enough.”

Bayern coach Heynckes said on Friday that Neuer has “great ambitions to go to the World Cup” as he continues his recovery after breaking his foot three times since last March.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.