Wednesday, 21st May, 2014



German defender Holger Badstuber has revealed that there is nothing bigger in a player's life than the World Cup and "regrets" his inability to be part of this year's tournament in Brazil.

The 25-year-old has been out of action since December 2012, after suffering from two cruciate ligament tears.




However, an impressive rehabilitation process has meant that the Bayern Munich player is now ready to return to first team action.

There will not be enough time though for his full recovery before the World Cup and as a result he will have to watch his country and team-mates in action on television.

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"There’s nothing bigger than the World Cup for a player," Badstuber told Bayern Munich's official site.

"There are still a few regrets and a bit of pain about not being out on the pitch as a player."

Being just 25, the former Stuttgart youth player is optimistic that he will still have time to play in major tournaments in his career.

"Fortunately I’m still young and there’ll hopefully be a couple more major tournaments in my career," Badstuber added.

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