Oliver Kahn who is the Germany’s former goalkeeper is in doubt when it comes to the fitness of Manuel Neuer for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they will face Portugal.
The match is scheduled for 16th June, 4 days from the start of the summer tournament. Manuel Neuer suffered a shoulder injury which has made him unable to participate in the training sessions of the team for some weeks now.
These are the sessions where Germany are having their final preparations to start the winning campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On the other hand, Joachim Low who is the manager of Germany on Thursdays said that he is sure Neuer will be fit for the opening match.
Low said that he could not be in position to play in the friendly match in which they faced Armenia on Friday 6th June. Low insisted that Neuer had to take some rest before making a return to the training sessions.
This is what worries Kahn who says that Low, the boss of Germany, should be able to set the deadline so as to find out whether in real sense Neuer will be ready for the big task ahead of him.
Kahn says that Neuer being a goalkeeper with international standards should have already trained severally prior to the opening match. He therefore insists that the superstar must start his training immediately.
Kahn says that the going is very tough and the player must be well prepared enough to face the challenges ahead. However, there is some hope for Germany since Roman Weidenfeller who is the goalkeeper of Borrussia Dortmund is there to replace Neuer if he does not full recover for the tournament.
Weidenfeller has a total of 3 caps for his country and is the standby goalkeeper. However, when talking to Sport1 television, Kahn said that this is a major blow to Manuel. He is much stressed more so with his body fitness.