Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is confident he will be fit for Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign after suffering a groin injury last week.
The 27-year-old sustained the problem during the second half of Bayern’s 2-1 Bundesliga win at Hamburg on Friday and could be facing up to four months on the sidelines.
The former Manchester City defender is likely to miss the Bavarians’ push towards the treble during the second half of the season, but he insists that he is fully focused on returning to full fitness as soon as possible.
Boateng said: “I never had a severe muscle injury in my career, and hoped it would only be a muscle tear. I was shocked and sad on Friday and Saturday. But from today on I will only look ahead, but of course I am not allowed to rush anything.”
Boateng remains optimistic e will be ready to represent his country at the European Championship this summer.
He added: “Normally it should work out. But I also have to return to my old level.”
Boateng has won 57 caps for Germany to date and played a key role as Joachim Low’s side won the 2014 World Cup.
The Germans, who will face Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in Group C of the Euros, are available at 1.33 to win the group, whilst they are 1.02 to qualify for the knockout stages.