Podolski returns to Cologne training

German forward Lukas Podolski returned to training with relegation-threatened Cologne today, three weeks after injuring his left ankle.

However, he did not reveal whether he was fit enough to face Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. "Now I will see how the ankle reacts," said the 26-year-old, who has scored 15 times this season.

"Perhaps I could play ten or 15 minutes, but we don't want to take any risks because the injury was more serious than we had anticipated."

Cologne, who have lost their last two matches, are 14th in the table, just two places above the relegation zone. Podolski, who has 95 caps for Germany, had already been ruled out for the nation's friendly against France next Wednesday.