After injuring his groin in Hamburg last month, the German international defender is pushing to be match-ready not just for Bayern Munich, but for Germany as well.
“My goal is to attempt to get back to training in April and it looks quite good so far,” said the defending Bundesliga and World Cup champion, “but I won’t set a date and put myself under pressure.”
An April return would allow him to possibly participate in the later stages of the Champions League and German Cup. Boateng’s return would also be good news for German national team coach Joachim Löw, who will want his defenders fit for Euro 2016.
He also played in all of Germany’s qualifiers for Euro 2016, and his absence could therefore completely change Germany’s defensive construction. Boateng had also played in all but one of Bayern’s matches this season before his injury in January against Hamburg.
Badstuber released from hospital
Two days after breaking his ankle in training, Badstuber is out of the hospital and is expected to make a comeback, but not until next season. “I am happy that can go home now,” Badstuber said in a club statement. “Of course it was a big shock for me as well but I am looking ahead in a positive way. I can promise everyone that will return.”
Badstuber, who has also experienced knee and thigh trouble in his career, is not expected to return this season. He was able to find the light side of his injury, correcting a graphic the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” created. He crossed out “injury” and put “strength”, while also writing “Top Fit” and pointing to his head.