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Germans in Gdansk

Schweinsteiger set to recover full fitness

Bastian Schweinsteiger was among the men most deeply hurt by losing the Champions League final, but bang on time for Euro 2012, the midfielder has shaken off a persistent calf injury and looked back to his old self when the Germany squad took to the training pitch in Gdansk on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

“It's looking very positive," said team manager Oliver Bierhoff. The news means coach Joachim Löw has all 23 of his players fit and available. “The lads are in great condition," Bierhoff commented, noting that one factor in the squad selection had been fitness and youth. “We don't have much more time and have to work hard," the official stated.

Crowd of 10,000 for training

The Germans, including their eight-strong Bayern contingent, flew to Gdansk from Frankfurt in a brand-new Lufthansa 747–8 on Monday lunchtime. Following an official welcome from city mayor Pawel Adamowicz and the group check-in at the tournament base, some 10,000 fans attended the team’s solitary public training session in the early evening.