Neuer back in Bayern Munich squad

Martin Moravec

Keeper Manuel Neuer has been included in Bayern Munich's squad for the German Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

It is the first time the 32-year-old has been named for the Bundesliga champions since being sidelined with a foot fracture in September.

Neuer was this week also selected as one of four goalkeepers by Germany coach Joachim Loew in a provisional 27-man provisional World Cup squad.

In the cup final in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, he is thought likely to be on the substitutes' bench, with Sven Ulreich between the posts.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness said before the team left for Berlin: "I personally wish him all the best because he is a great guy."

Neuer has recovered from a third fracture to his left foot.

His first match practice could come for Germany, who have friendlies lined up against Austria the following Saturday and Saudi Arabia on June 8.

If Neuer plays against Austria in Klagenfurt, it would be his first game for the national team since October 2016.

Meanwhile midfielder Thomas Mueller, who missed training on Thursday because of a stomach virus, was also named in the Bayern squad.

Bayern are without centre back Jerome Boateng, who is nursing a thigh injury, and injured winger Arjen Robben and midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Bayern are seeking a league and cup double in the final game for 73-year-old coach Jupp Heynckes before he returns to retirement.