In the latest Germany news, Manuel Neuer has admitted he does not know whether he will play before the end of the season, further jeopardising his World Cup hopes.
The goalkeeper has been plagued by a foot injury, not featuring for Bayern Munich since September and has been forced to abort a number of potential comebacks.
Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes recently hinted that he was closing in on a return but he is still to take the field.
Neuer will be hopeful of featuring in his club’s closing matches of the season, with Stuttgart at home on Saturday to round off the Bundesliga campaign, before the DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 19.
All eyes will then turn to the World Cup where Germany will aim to defend their title in Russia.
Neuer was the cornerstone of their success in Brazil four years ago, conceding only four times in seven matches as Die Mannschaft were crowned world champions for the fourth time in their history.
The 32-year-old was named captain of his country following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s international retirement in the aftermath of Euro 2016 but is in danger of missing out on a place in Russia due to his ongoing injury problems.
Betfair have Germany as the 9/2 joint favourites to win the World Cup and have Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen waiting in the wings to wear the gloves.
Neuer admits time is running out for him to make the tournament, adding that he does not expect to be selected without playing.
The 32-year-old told Bayern’s official website: “I think it’s inconceivable that I’ll go to a tournament without any match practice.
“There are still a couple of games left, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”