Bayern Munich midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is close to returning to first-team training and says once he’s fit, he’ll play.
The German international has been side-lined since early November and could give the Bavarians a massive boost ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie against Arsenal in three weeks.
Despite winning the FIFA Club World Cup and extending the Bundesliga lead to 13 points, Pep Guardiola has been waiting for Schweinsteiger's return and keeps on praising his vice-captain.
"It's been a problem for both of us. We need him and so does the national team. He is a big personality," Guardiola said.
Germany boss, Joachim Loew, seems a little more relaxed over Schweinsteiger’s fitness after meeting him in Munich.
"He is getting back into the rhythm of things and will soon be back in full training," Loew said.
"I've a good feeling about Bastian."
The 29-year-old himself has now stated that his recovery is on track and will be returning to training soon.
"During the [midwinter] training camp I had a few problems with my knee but it feels better now,” Schweinsteiger said.
“I'm on schedule and hope to be back in training soon.
“I know what my qualities are and if I'm 100% fit I'll play.
“I keep a calm state of mind; I know how my body works."
The central midfielder played a major role in Bayern's triple success in the previous season, but has gone under the knife twice recently and also fractured his collarbone in 2011. However, he continuously receives unconditional support from both Guardiola and Loew.
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