Goalkeeper has begun catching practice with subs during matches.
Arsenal take note: It’s been so long since Bayern Munich have concede a goal that Manuel Neuer has stopped paying attention.
In the second half of Bayern’s match against his former club Schalke, Neuer turned his back on the game and had unused substitute Thomas Muller head balls at him from just behind the goal-line.
Neuer and Muller underwent this bizarre mid-match practice after Bayern’s third and fourth goals, in the 51st and 63rd minutes respective, during the Bavarians’ routine 4-0 victory.
And it’s no surprise that the Germany international is keen to keep busy; the runaway Bundesliga leaders have a 15-point lead over second place Borussia Dortmund and have conceded just seven league goals all season.
By comparison, the Premier League leaders Man United have allowed in 31, while La Liga front-runners Barcelona have conceded 26.
Indeed, over the last five matches, Bayern have outscored their opposition 13-0, winning by at least two goals in each.
The club also hold the biggest ever lead at the summit of the German top-flight in history, according to Bild.
Arsenal, of course, face Bayern in the Champions next week.
It’s hard to say whether Neuer’s recent inactivity bodes well or badly for the Gunners.