Germany coach Joachim Low has recalled Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker to his squad to face the Faroe Islands and Austria in two upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The quartet were all left out for the international friendly with
"I have had a long talk with Bastian and we agreed that he still needs a bit more time to get back into his training and playing rhythm," said Low.
"Our plans with Bastian are focused on the internationals in October against
"It is good to have our captain back," said Low, whose side was beaten 3-1 by the Argentinians.
"And Per and Lukas have now played the first games in the Premier League and it was obvious that they would return for the start of qualifying."
"We are all delighted that things are getting underway," added Low. "We want to play exciting football for the fans and qualify for the World Cup directly.
"Of course we would like to start with two wins in Hannover and Vienna so that we can pick up some momentum for the rest of the year."