Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed he is close to full fitness. The World Cup-winning star has been sidelined with a partial tear to his medial collateral ligament but says he is on target to play for the German national side at Euro 2016.
Schweinsteiger, 31, is the captain of Germany and has revealed he could make his long-awaited return to competitive action against Hungary on 4 June. The combative midfielder also claims to be in better shape than was the case before the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, when he played a key part in their success.
"I am moving forward step by step, and I am in much better shape now than before the World Cup," the United star explained to DFB.de. "During the preparation at that time in South Tirol, I wasn't able to form any connection with the team. I only joined team training for the first time in Brazil. This time things look much better."
Schweinsteiger was a peripheral figure at United last season but after injuring himself prior to an international game in Berlin earlier this year, he has not suffered any further setbacks.
"When I injured myself in Berlin, I wasn't very optimistic," the 31-year-old United star confessed. "Then you work out how many weeks are left. Thank God, the recovery went exactly to plan. The medical team gave me a training programme, and I haven't had a single setback, not one day."