Bastian Schweinsteiger says questions about his fitness are “way too loud” and admits he is “surprised” by the criticism he has received.
Germany captain Schweinsteiger has not played since January 9 due to a knee ligament tear and reports in Germany suggested the midfielder may struggle to be fully fit for Euro 2016.
However, the 31-year-old is adamant his recovery is going to plan, and says he has “0.0 per cent” doubts about returning in time for this summer’s tournament.
“I am on a very good path. A ligament tear needs time, but everything is healing perfectly. Unless Euro 2016 is moved to early March, then it looks very good,” he told Bild.
“It can happen at any time, also in a season before a big tournament. If it has to happen to me, the timing at least could have been worse. I know my body — everything will be fine.
“I can start running again in about five days, and five days later I should back on the ball. The medical team in Manchester, as well as Hans-Wilhem Muller-Wohlfahrt, are pleased. I think I will be back in March.”
Schweinsteiger’s form has been somewhat under fire since he moved to Old Trafford in the summer, not least from United manager Louis van Gaal himself.
Germany team manager Olivier Bierhoff hit out at Van Gaal’s treatment of the former Bayern Munich star, and Schweinsteiger admits he thinks a lot of the criticism has been unwarranted.
“I am actually a bit surprised. We even led the league with Manchester United at one point in the first half of the season, despite a lot of bad luck with injuries.
“I played 27 games despite my ban and the injury. Of course, a few things could be better, but that line of thinking is a bit much.”