Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer is yet to play a game since he underwent a minor operation in his left foot last month Getty


  • Thomas Müller also declares himself fit for the Champions League quarter-finals.
  • Mats Hummels is expected to miss the game due to an ankle injury.

Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller should be ready to return to action for the first leg of the Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday (12 April) after the Bayern Munich duo had shaken off their recent injury woes. However, Mats Hummels is expected to miss the game due to an ankle injury while the participation of Robert Lewandowski is under question after the Poland international failed to train with the rest of his available teammates on Monday.

Bayern gave a step forward towards their fifth successive Bundesliga title after securing an impressive 4-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund on weekend, remaining 10 points ahead of RB Leipzig at the top of the table.

Neuer and Müller missed the game due to different injuries while Ancelotti was hit by a further blow during the encounter after Lewandowski was forced off after scoring two goals.

Yet, only a day later emerged that Hummels also picked up a blow to the ankle during a training session which is expected to keep him on the sidelines for a while.

Bayern have now provided mixed news ahead of the coming visit of Real Madrid, with Neuer and Müller declared fit but the other failing to take part of the training session.

"FC Bayern encounter Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, and there is good news as Manuel Neuer resumed training on Monday. The goalkeeper returned to the training ground after undergoing a minor foot operation at the end of March. Neuer is likely to feature in goal against the Spanish record champions," the club confirmed.

"Ancelotti had to make do without Mats Hummels, who sustained an injury during training on Sunday, and Robert Lewandowski, who worked individually in the performance centre after sustaining a bruised shoulder in the match against Dortmund. Javi Martínez and David Alaba worked on their fitness in the sand."

Müller had already trained with the team on Sunday and confirmed that he is ready to play when Real Madrid visit the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

"We're well-prepared," Thomas Müller told FC "I took part in the squad programme as usual, which is a good sign. We're very confident. It's a European cracker featuring two top teams. Of course we're really looking forward to it. We also notice it outside the club, not only in terms of the media, but also when talking to friends or acquaintances in Munich. Everyone's talking about the game."

Lewandowski and Ancelotti tried to play down the fears of the Bayern fans following the win over Dortmund game after saying that the striker should be ready to face Real Madrid. However, with only 48 hours left, his participation now looks under some doubt as the Poland international has missed the last two sessions.