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Given the nod to restart training in a tentative manner, the HSV player is hopeful of hitting his stride quickly enough to justify his place with die Mannschaft...

When Hamburg’s Marcell Jansen sprained his ankle at the end of March, it seemed that his dreams of going to the World Cup with Germany had been dashed, but the left-sided player has been given the go-ahead to return to training and has indicated that he still believes he can go to South Africa in the summer.

Hans Muller-Wohlfahrt, the doctor for both Germany and Bayern Munich, has indicated that the 24-year-old can begin training once again, the German FA announced on Thursday. Initially, Jansen will be reduced to strengthening the joint, but he should be running by the end of next week.

“I hope I'll find my form and I may have my chance to play at the World Cup,” the player, who has surprising experience for his age, told the press.

In total, Jansen has played 30 times for die Mannschaft, selected in the squads for both the 2006 World Cup and the European Championships of 2008. He clearly hopes to get up to speed in time to make it a hat-trick of major competitions this summer.

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