Germany head coach Joachim Löw still hasn’t ruled out World Champion Bastian Schweinsteiger returning to full fitness ahead of EURO 2016 in France (10th June to 10th July). “At the moment, I’m still full of hope that he will be ready by the start of the European Championship,” the manager told Eurosport.de at the Laureus Awards in Berlin on Monday evening. However, his recovery process needs monitoring each week according to Löw.
The Manchester United midfielder suffered a partial MCL tear in his knee during Die Mannschaft training on 23rd March. Löw remains in close contact with his captain: “He always lets me know how he’s getting along.”
The Germany coach is also optimistic about Jerome Boateng’s return. The FC Bayern München defender featured in parts of team training on Monday after recovering from a muscle tear in his groin. “He too has to see that he finds his form again of course,” said Löw, “but I hope that Bayern don’t throw him back into the thick of things, as you have to be cautious when returning from such a long injury.”
Löw, whose contract at the DFB runs until the end of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, wants to achieve more great things. “Winning back-to-back World Cups would certainly go down in footballing folklore,” said the head coach. “These players like Özil, Kroos, Khedira, Neuer and Müller have a real chance of achieving something historic.”