Joachim Low has confirmed Manuel Neuer will only travel to the World Cup as Germany's number one.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has not played a minute of competitive football since sustaining a long-term foot injury on club duty in September.
He will look to regain a measure of match fitness in two pre-tournament friendlies in June but is facing pressure to hold the shirt ahead of Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Low, though, is adamant Neuer will start provided the 32-year-old is ready to face Mexico in the opening group game on June 17.
"Yes, I think so. If he travels with us, he will certainly play," Low said in an interview with Sportschau .
But it is Ter Stegen who provides the most attractive alternative and Low would have no hesitation in fielding the 26-year-old.
"I have no qualms about entering the tournament with Marc-Andre ter Stegen as number one," added the Die Mannschaft boss.