The former team-mates and still best friends off the pitch might just cross swords on it when Steffen returns to the Lane with Leicester City on Sunday.
A national recall would complete a remarkable comeback for Christian after his career-threatening thigh injury back in December 2002 and subsequent injuries that kept halting his progress last year.
He's now fit-again, back in the fold and Steffen believes there is no-one better in his position for Germany.
"Christian had a bad year," said Steffen. "Perhaps that's not the right word to describe it.
"He could have lost his leg, he might not have played football again.
"There is nothing worse for a player, especially to be out for that long.
"I didn't see any of his comeback game against Fulham but I spoke to him and he felt it went well for a first game.
"I saw Manchester City where he scored a fantastic goal and could have scored a second.
"He is quality. His set-pieces are fantastic, the top level of the world.
"I hope with all my heart that he is fully fit again and I hope he has the luck he deserves.
"Can he get back in the German squad? Anything is possible.
"He has the quality, for sure and he's unbelievable on the ball.
"He gives you crosses, corners, free-kicks from the top level. His quality can only help. It will help Germany to because I can't see another player on the left at the moment who gives us that."
Steffen Freund refuses to rule out Christian Ziege's chances of a return to the German national side in time for Euro 2004.