And our German midfielder admits he 'feels like a footballer again' after stepping up his work on the comeback trail from a cruciate knee ligament injury back in January.
Speaking from his fitness centre in Donaustauf, Germany, Steffen revealed: "Things are getting better and better. I've started jogging again and that's an important moment for me.
"I'm trying not to get too carried away but once you start jogging again and the knee is okay then you can start to go forward.
"I can start to work harder now and start to work up a sweat - to be honest, I feel like a footballer again.
"To return in pre-season has always been my dream and I believe I'm still on target but I will only be able to give the real answer to that in June."
Coming soon: Steffen's Diary - a look back at the season and a preview of the World Cup, group by group...
Steffen Freund has started jogging again as he targets a return to action in pre-season.