“’Manu’ will try to take part in goalkeeper training today. It's Manu, we're going to give him time until Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and he will say if it's okay, or else it will be Ulle (Sven Ulreich, Editor's note) who will be in the goal,” explained Thomas Tuchel on Friday. Manuel Neuer did not take part in training at the start of the week (Tuesday and Wednesday), and only returned for an individual session on Thursday, due to “slight problems” with a knee, Bayern said on Thursday.
After a serious injury to his right knee (fracture of the lower part, some German media mentioned a double open tibia/fibula fracture) in December 2022, Neuer made his return at the end of October 2023 in the Bayern goals, and has played since the 16 matches for his team (12 in the Bundesliga, three in the Champions League, one in the Cup).
Sven Ulreich played the first matches of the 2023/24 season, and will be the backup if Neuer cannot play on Saturday. Bayern have recruited Israeli Daniel Peretz, who is also injured after suffering a knee ligament injury. Second in the standings, Bayern travels two points behind (50 against 52) on the lawn of the undefeated leader of the German championship, Bayer Leverkusen.