Germany dealt another injury blow


Europe: WC Qualification Europe


By Rune Gjerulff

Germany coach Hansi Flick has revealed that Julian Draxler has sustained an injury in training.

Julian Draxler.
Julian Draxler. Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Germany have been hit by a new injury blow ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Armenia.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Germany coach Hansi Flick revealed that Julian Draxler has picked up a muscle injury after receiving his first call-up in a year.

“He will definitely be out for a while,” Flick told reporters about the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.

“I feel sorry for him because he had big plans.”

Nico Schlotterbeck and Florian Wirtz are also out with injuries while Joshua Kimmich, Karim Adeyemi, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Niklas Süle are unavailable due to COVID-19 quarantine.

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Flick has reacted by calling up Jonathan Tah, Maximilian Arnold and Ridle Baku as replacements, and the Germany coach confirmed today that he will not be adding further players to his squad.

“Of course, we imagined everything differently. We are glad that we already qualified for the World Cup in October,” admitted Flick.

Germany face Liechtenstein tomorrow before taking on Armenia on Sunday.

Lineups are posted about an hour before kickoff


WC Qualification Europe
Macedonia – Germany 0-4
1 Manuel Neuer (C)
16 Lukas Klostermann
15 Niklas Süle
5 Thilo Kehrer
21 David Raum
8 Leon Goretzka ↩61
6 Joshua Kimmich
10 Serge Gnabry ↩74
13 Thomas Müller ↩80
7 Kai Havertz ↩61
9 Timo Werner ↩74
12 Bernd Leno
22 Marc-André ter Stegen
11 Marco Reus
18 Jonas Hofmann ↪74
19 Leroy Sané
20 Karim Adeyemi ↪61
3 Nico Schlotterbeck
4 Matthias Ginter
14 Jamal Musiala ↪74
17 Florian Neuhaus ↪80
23 Florian Wirtz ↪61

WC Qualification Europe
Iceland – Liechtenstein 4-0
1 Benjamin Büchel
20 Sandro Wolfinger ↩84
5 Rafael Grünenfelder
6 Andreas Malin ↩8
23 Jens Hofer
3 Maximilian Göppel
8 Aron Sele ↩67
16 Noah Frommelt
18 Nicolas Hasler (C)
14 Livio Meier ↩46
7 Yanik Frick ↩84
12 Claudio Majer
21 Lorenzo Lo Russo
9 Rıdvan Kardeşoğlu ↪84
10 Noah Frick ↪46
2 Daniel Brandle ↪84
4 Martin Marxer
15 Seyhan Yıldız ↪67
17 Alexander Marxer
19 Roman Spirig
13 Martin Büchel
22 Marco Marxer ↪8

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