Injured Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Wednesday quashed rumours of his imminent retirement and says he wants to return in time to face RB Leipzig on the penultimate day of the Bundesliga season.
Neuer has had a relentless struggle with injury in recent years, and after the club announced that he would give a press conference on Wednesday, there was some speculation that he might be about to end his career.
"We smiled about that," Neuer admitted when asked about the rumours.
The Bayern shot-stopper insists he is taking this latest setback in his stride after twice breaking a bone in his foot in 2017.
"I was out for a whole year last season when I broke my metatarsal and I was on crutches for a long time," he said.
Neuer said he knew instinctively that he had suffered a muscle fibre tear when he pulled up during the Duesseldorf game.
"Even if I can't play I want to be around the team," he said.
Bayern face back-to-back games against in-form Werder Bremen in the next week.
They host Bremen in the league on Saturday before travelling north for a German Cup semi-final tie on Tuesday.
Neuer described both games as "finals" and warned his teammates not to underestimate Bremen, who currently sit seventh in the Bundesliga.
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