Berlin: Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to team training with Bayern Munich on Tuesday for the first time since the World Cup final after suffering from a knee injury.
The 30-year-old last played on July 13 when Germany lifted their fourth World Cup title at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana, but the defensive midfielder has been sidelined since with an inflamed knee patella ligament.
Schweinsteiger completed his first session of team training at Bayern's Saebener Strasse centre having returned to individual training in the last week of October.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has said Schweinsteiger, who misses Germany's Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday and friendly against Spain next Tuesday, needs a "little more" time before he can play again for Bayern.
"His mood had greatly improved in the last few weeks and he has made good progress," confirmed Schweinsteiger's Bayern team-mate Jerome Boateng in Tuesday's press conference with the Germany squad.
"Now he is fully concentrated on getting fit."
No date has been given for Schweinsteiger's return, but German daily Bild report that he has requested several tickets for family and friends for Bayern's next league match at home to Hoffenheim on November 22.