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Ulreich "happy" Neuer is close to returning

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Even if it means losing his starting spot, Sven Ulreich is "happy" that Manuel Neuer is close to returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Sven Ulreich.
Sven Ulreich.Photo: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0
With Manuel Neuer yet to make his comeback from a broken leg suffered in December, Sven Ulreich has been in goal for all but one of Bayern Munich's games so far this season.

However, with Neuer in full training and close to a return, the 35-year-old will likely have to settle for the bench again in the near future - and he's fully prepared for that.

"I'm happy that 'Manu' will be back on the pitch soon because I really like him as a person. I'll sit on the bench and support Manu to have a good season," Ulreich told reporters after Bayern's 3-1 win over Mainz on Saturday night.

"Of course it's always nice to be on the pitch, but my role is clear. When Manu is fit, he plays."

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