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Schweinsteiger ‘will be fit’ for World Cup

Bastian Schweinsteiger was unable to appear in the DFB Cup final due to an inflammation around the left knee, but the FCB captain himself says he is “already on the road to recovery. It’s looking a lot better already.“ The player insisted he will be fully fit in time for the World Cup: “There’s no need to worry, as Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt has assured me.“ Germany coach Joachim Löw believes Schweinsteiger will be “completely fit and able to train fully by next Wednesday,” when the Germans officially begin their pre-tournament build-up programme.

Green light for Lahm and Neuer

Bayern and Germany fans were given a scare after half an hour of the DFB Cup final when Philipp Lahm hobbled out of the action with injury. Lahm sustained a painful blow to the shin in an early challenge, but was soon able to dispel any fears about his fitness. The player telephoned Germany coach Löw to confirm the news. “It’s not so bad,” Lahm said, “I’m hopeful it’ll have cleared up by Wednesday.“ Manuel Neuer, who landed heavily on a shoulder during the match at Berlin Olympic Stadium, also gave the green light afterwards. Both will report for precautionary medicals in Munich on Sunday.

Pizarro draws level with Kahn

Claudio Pizarro made his seventh appearance in the DFB Cup final when he came on as a 109th-minute substitute in Berlin on Saturday, drawing level with record-holder Oliver Kahn. Philipp Lahm is right up behind the leading pair with six appearances in the knockout cup final so far.