6/4/2018 1:55:11 PM (GMT+3)

Neuer heaves sigh of relief, finds place in Russia-bound squad

Neuer heaves sigh of relief, finds place in Russia-bound squad

NEW DELHI: Manuel Neuer finally heaves a sigh of relief after the German goalkeeper was picked for the World Cup 23-member squad.

The World Cup-winning keeper has only just returned from a long-term absence through injury.

But coach Joachim Loew omitted Manchester City striker Leroy Sane despite a strong season with the Premier League champions while Neuer made his first appearance since September in the 2-1 defeat by Austria in a friendly on Saturday.

The 32-year-old had been sidelined for eight months after fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.

Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA).
Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Moenchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund).
Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart).

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