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The 24-year-old has been out of action since December 2012 after he sustained a career-threatening injury but he remains optimistic about his journey back to fitness

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber insists he never feared his career would be over following two serious injury setbacks in five months.

The 24-year-old tore the cruciate in his right knee for the first time in the Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund in December 2012, only for the same ligament to rupture again whilst training in the middle of May.

But the Germany international is adamant he will get back to full fitness as he is in the best care possible, although he admits a return this calendar year is unlikely.

"Not once did I fear my career might be over.," the Germany international told the club's official website.

"I'm not in the slightest bit worried. The best doctors are looking after me. It'll all be okay again. Apart from the cruciate, there’s no other damage to the knee.

"I had a few bad days, but never anything like deep depression for a long period.

"Obviously you think things over, but at some point you have to put it behind you. I have to think positive, I have to come through it. Moaning gets you nowhere."

Badstuber is a product of the Bayern youth academy and had developed into a key player at the Allianz Arena since making his official first team debut in 2009-10.

He has since made 101 appearances for the Bavarian giants, while playing a further 30 games for the German national side.