Neuer returns to Bayern Munich training after 15-week absence

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Neuer returns to Bayern Munich training after 15-week absence

Neuer returns to Bayern Munich training after 15-week absence

Manuel Neuer has returned to training with Bayern Munich after 15 weeks out with a foot injury.

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Neuer missed the end of the last Bundesliga season after suffering a broken metatarsal in Real Madrid's 6-3 aggregate triumph over Bayern in the Champions League quarter-finals.

With Neuer unable to play in any of Bayern's pre-season matches, Carlo Ancelotti has used Tom Starke, Sven Ulreich and teenagers Ron-Torben Hofmann and Christian Fruchtl in goal, with Bayern losing four of their last five friendlies.

Germany international Neuer may not be ready to face Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup on Saturday, but he is expected to be fit for Bayern's first game of the Bundesliga season against Bayer Leverkusen on August 18.

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"Under the guidance of goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic, the 31-year-old shot-stopper was able to complete his first specific goalkeeping session." a statement released on the Bayern website said. 

"Neuer spent 20 minutes catching and throwing a few balls without overexerting himself."