Manuel Neuer is set to start against Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday, ending fears that he could miss Bayern Munich’s Champions League tie against Liverpool next Tuesday.
Sven Ulreich has deputised for Neuer in Bayern’s last two games against Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, with the German number one suffering a finger injury which threw his participation at Anfield into doubt.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 14, 2019
Neuer himself said earlier this week that he was confident of being fit for the Liverpool game, telling ESPN: “We are all positive. I think I will be between the sticks.”
Bayern manager Niko Kovac said that the game against Augsburg would help to determine if Neuer would be fit to face Liverpool.
“We’ll see how it goes against Ausgburg with a view to the Liverpool game,” he said, quoted by the Bundesliga’s official website. “We have to take it one step at a time, we can’t take any risks. We don’t want to make things worse. We won’t play him until he says he’s ready and the doctors are happy.”
This will be Neuer’s first Champions League knockout match since 2017, having missed most of last season with a serious injury. Ulreich, his replacement, made a costly error against Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
Neuer’s return means that Arjen Robben, Corentin Tolisso and Renato Sanches are the only key players missing for next Tuesday’s last 16 tie.
Liverpool also have some selection concerns, particularly in defence, with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren injured and Virgil van Dijk suspended for the first leg.