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UEFA Euro 2016: Germany faces setback as Sami Khedira ruled out of tournament

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2016, 18:08 IST

Germany has suffered a huge blow as its team line up will miss Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Mario Gomez, who are ruled out of Euro 2016 semi-final against hosts France due to injuries. However, Joachim Loew - head coach - still believes that Khedira will be back for the tournament.

In the game against Italy, the 29-year-old was replaced by captain Bastian Schweinsteiger due to a groin problem after only 16 minutes of the quarter-final game.

Goal.com quoted Loew as saying, "Sami Khedira is definitely not able to play on Thursday. We will do everything to see if he can play in a possible final. I will probably have to bring new players into the line-up. I trust all my players, even those who have not seen game action." Schweinsteiger is battling a knee problem, although Loew revealed there is a chance he could make a recovery to face France.

He added, "I won't play anyone who is not 100% fit, but I hope Bastian Schweinsteiger is fit and can play. I made the mistake in the past of using a player that was not 100% fit and I will not do it again. Schweinsteiger had the energy needed right until the end against Italy - he was impressive. We have a physically easier training session on Monday with more recovery than usual, except for the players who did not play on Saturday."

However, injured Gomez will remain with the squad in France to support them for the remainder of the tournament.

First published: 4 July 2016, 18:08 IST
 
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