Germany will undergo their first match in the 2018 World Cup on June 17, 2018. The first opponent to be faced by Germany is Mexico.
As defending champions, their strength will certainly return to become one of the champions. However, Der Panzer's squad is currently in a bad shape to face the World Cup in Russia later, given that their main goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer has been smothered by a foot injury he suffered since September 2017.
Because of the injury he suffered, along with Bayern Munich during this season, Neuer only appeared three times in the Bundesliga and once in the Champions League. The 32-year-old also will not be shown by Bayern when undergoing a final match at the DFB Pokal against Einracht Frankfurt (19/5), given that his condition has not recovered yet.
"Manuel will not play against Stuttgart [Bayern's last game in the Bundesliga this season]. Not for the final [DFB Pokal] game, "Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes told Goal.
For the 2018 World Cup to be held about a month away, Neuer was still doubtful to perform. Even if finally come down to compete, most likely Neuer can only appear after the group phase. This is as described by former German national team physiotherapist Oliver Schmidtlein.
"I think the soonest he [Neuer] could join was at the World Cup knock-out phase. Manuel does not allow practice in these situations. Although [World Cup] time is getting urgent, or he should be risking his own recovery process, "Schmidtlein said.
The goalkeeper himself is still not convinced he can recover during the World Cup later. Neuer said that he does not want to rush in making decisions about his chances of participating in the World Cup this year.
"I can not say anything now. I feel good about what I do in the recovery process, but still there is no guarantee. I have to make the right decisions for myself, for the club, and for the German national team. It will not help anything if you make a quick decision. I want to increase with certainty day by day, and try to get back my fitness as soon as possible, "he explained to Goal.
If true until the World Cup later Neuer can not recover, of course the strength of the German national team will be quite reduced in defense. The 1.93 meter long goalkeeper was so relied upon under the German crossbar.
Since debuting in the German national team in June 2009, Neuer's performance under the crossbar was able to captivate the coach, Joachim Loew. A year later, at the 2010 World Cup, Neuer immediately trusted to escort the German goalkeeper. During the German appearance in the event until the semi-finals, Neuer conceded only three goals.
Two years later, in the Euro 2012 event, Neuer again relied upon as a German goalkeeper. Neuer always performs fully in every German game at the event.
Continued in the 2014 World Cup, Germany still entrust the net to be escorted Neuer. His performance was so stunning in the event. Of the seven matches that German acted to become champions, Neuer always appear full. Throughout the performance, the man who was born in Gelsenkirchen-Buer was only conceded four goals.
In 2016, Neuer began to be trusted by stremaing piala dunia Loew to captain the German national team to replace retired Philipp Lahm. His first appearance as captain began when Germany underwent a friendly fight against Argentina, 3 September 2016. Until now, Neuer is still trusted by the German national team as a captain.
In fact, Germany still has some other goalkeeper names that could be used as a substitute Neuer if the injury has not healed until this year's World Cup was held. Barcelona goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and Bernd Leno who played for Bayern Leverkusen, are two names that can be projected to temporarily booming tv piala dunia replace Neuer. In addition, Neuer team mate at Bayern Munchen who has replaced his position at club since injury, Sven Ulreich, can also be the option Joachim Loew at the World Cup later.
But it seems Loew still want Neuer to appear to escort the German goalkeeper in the 2018 World Cup. He said that Neuer is still included in the plan for the 2018 World Cup.
"He remains in the plan. I always make contact with Manuel Neuer, and also the goalkeeping coach, Andi Koepke. We are always told by him [Neuer] about the progress of his recovery. We believe in him, he is very strong and his foot injury is no big deal, "Loew told the First Post.
Loew may wish, but Neuer's condition does not depend on his decision. But the World Cup is an event that can not be missed by every player. Now Neuer teru