Boost for Bayern Munich as Neuer expects to return against Real Madrid

Germany's No.1 missed the win over Kaiserslautern with a calf injury he picked up against Borussia Dortmund but he is confident of being available for the trip to the Bernabeu

Bayern Munich has been boosted by the news that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expects to be fit for Wednesday's Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.

The Germany international was forced off at halftime in last weekend's Bundesliga defeat to Borussia Dortmund because of a calf problem.

However, while Neuer was left out of the squad for Wednesday night's DFB-Pokal win over Kaiserslautern, the 28-year-old shot-stopper is confident of being available for the first leg of Bayern's Champions League semifinal tie against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I feel very good," he told his club's official website. "I'm assuming that I can play on Wednesday."

After taking over in goal for the 5-1 rout of Kaiserslautern, 20-year-old Lukas Raeder is once again expected to deputize for Neuer in Saturday's Bundesliga meeting with Eintracht Braunschweig.