April 17, 2019 / 5:59 PM / a year ago

Soccer: Bayern keeper Neuer hopeful of playing again this season

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Bayern Munich v Liverpool - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - March 13, 2019 Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer reacts REUTERS/Andreas Gebert/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is hopeful he can play the final two league games of the Bundesliga season despite tearing calf muscle fibre in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf.

“It’s tough to say when I’ll be back in net. I think Leipzig is a realistic goal,” he told reporters on Wednesday, referring to the game at home to RB Leipzig on May 11, their penultimate fixture of the season.

“Luckily it wasn’t my foot but the calf. I was out for over a year because of my metatarsal and I’d actually expected a muscle injury much earlier.”

The Bavarians, hunting a record-extending seventh consecutive league title, lead the Bundesliga with 67 points, one ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Sven Ulreich will deputise in Neuer’s absence. “He’s had great games and shown good performances. I think he’s ready, so I’m not at all worried,” said Neuer.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis

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