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Schweinsteiger resumes squad training

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s week began exceedingly well, with a Siler Laurel Leaf awarded by Federal President Joachim Gauck, the World Champions Badge from the hands of FIFA President Joseph Blatter, and the red-carpet premiere of the official World Cup movie. But the Germany captain has managed to make it an even better start to the international break by training with the Bayern squad on Tuesday, his first team session since early August.

The 30-year-old played passes, shot at goal, threw himself into tackles and then iced his personal cake with a scissors-kick goal in the practice match at the end of the workout. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently predicted that Schweinsteiger would feature again for his club before 2014 was out, and the chairman’s forecast looks close to coming true. The FCB-vice-captain’s last competitive appearance came in the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July but he has been sidelined since then with a tendon injury in his left knee.

Pep Guardiola said there was “no pressure” on the player as he works his way back to match fitness: “We’ll bring him on step by step.” Following Tuesday’s 60-minute session, Schweinsteiger joined Sebastian Rode for an additional shift of running and conditioning drills supervised by fitness coach Dr. Holger Broich, before returning clearly contented to the dressing room.