MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday by returning to training for the first time since September.

Bayern says the Germany captain completed two 10-minute running sessions under the guidance of fitness and rehabilitation coach Thomas Wilhelmi.

Neuer hasn't played since getting another hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot while training, a repeat of the injury he sustained toward the end of last season.

Neuer hopes to return in time to lead defending champion Germany at the World Cup in Russia.

Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern, which can clinch its record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a win over Borussia Dortmund if Schalke drops points at home against Freiburg.

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