Goalkeeper Rene Adler made his comeback for Bayer 04 Leverkusen II in a Regionalliga West (fourth division) match against VfL Bochum II on Wednesday evening after not having played for nearly a year. The former German number one has been struck with numerous injuries over the last few seasons which have not only cost him his place in the Germany goal but also at his club Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Wednesday's match was Adler's first competitive game after exactly 309 days following a knee surgery and prolonged rehabilitation. With teenager Bernd Leno doing a great job in the Bayer 04 Leverkusen goal Adler currently only has ambitions to make it to the bench, maybe making it as the Bayer 04 number two over the weekend.
Further Adler's future at the moment is not sorted then his contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen ends on June 30 and thereafter a transfer to Hamburger SV looks most likely. He has passed a medical test at HSV, but the contract has not been signed yet.
Before the 2010 FIFA World Cup Adler had been Germany's number one, but an injury kept him out and Manuel Neuer became the new number one and cemented his place since. Thereafter Adler had numerous injuries which have hampered his career then a while back it was discussed if he would join Bayern Munich or Manchester United. Now that looks like it was ages ago.