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|Deisler expected to rejoin Bayern within 10 days|
Mar. 3, 2004 11:13 a.m.
MUNICH, Germany (AP) Troubled midfielder Sebastian Deisler is expected to rejoin Bayern Munich's practices within 10 days, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said on the team's website Wednesday.
Deisler, regarded as one of Germany's most talented players, has been treated for depression the past three months.
"I'm expecting that in seven, or at the latest 10 days, he will rejoin the team in training," Hitzfeld said.
Hitzfeld, however, didn't say when the 24-year-old would play his first match for Bayern. Deisler had drawn accolades for his performances this season before stunning the club in November with the news of his depression.
Deisler underwent treatment in a Munich clinic and was released at the end of January. Since then he has undergone a physical conditioning program.
"I have the desire for soccer 100 percent again," Deisler told reporters when he was released. "It's been a long time. I missed the game."
Deisler has undergone five knee operations in his career, while struggling to cope with the huge expectations his skills have generated among German fans since he burst on the scene in 1999 as a 19-year-old with Borussia Moenchengladbach.
His return could provide a big boost to Germany at the upcoming European Championships in June.