Manuel Neuer is poised to make his comeback from injury for Bayern Munich in Saturday afternoon’s Bundesliga clash at Werder Bremen.
The goalkeeper has not played since breaking his foot in April and on Friday was left out of Joachim Low’s latest Germany squad.
But Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti says his captain is ready to return.
“Manu is fit, he can play tomorrow,” the Italian said at a press conference.
Neuer’s understudy Sven Ulreich played in Bayern’s first game of the season, a 3-1 win at home to Bayer Leverkusen, with Ancelotti saying he was “very happy” with the form of the second-choice man.
“But Manu is the best goalkeeper in the world,” he added.
Javi Martinez and Thiago are also fit for the trip to Bremen, but Jerome Boateng, James Rodriguez and Juan Bernat are out.
Three of Bayern’s summer signings – Corentin Tolisso, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule – impressed in the win over Leverkusen and Ancelotti believes his current team is better than the one which won the title by 15 points last season.
“My team in this season is better than last season, if everyone is fit,” he said.
“We are very competitive. The new players bring more quality.”
On the future of Renato Sanches, the Portugal international who has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena after a tough first season at Bayern, Ancelotti said: “He knows his position in the team. There is a lot of competition.
“If he stays I am happy, if he decides to go, then that is no problem.”
Bayern have won their last 13 league games against Bremen, the longest winning run of its kind in Bundesliga history.
And the hosts go into the game having lost their opening match of the season 1-0 at Hoffenheim.