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Adler ruled out of World Cup with broken ribs

Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler was on Tuesday ruled out of next month's World Cup in South Africa as he is set to undergo an operation to repair damaged ribs.

Adler ruled out of World Cup with broken ribs
Photo: DPA

“This was the toughest decision of my life,” said the 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper in a statement. “But it would have been simply irresponsible of me, my club and the national team to have participated in the World Cup.”

Adler said there was nothing medically keeping him from playing.

“But the pain is so great that I would not have been able to perform at my best over the longer term both in training and during matches,” he said. “In such a long and intensive tournament, that is unacceptable. You need players who are totally fit.”

Having missed the last few weeks with the rib injury, Adler returned on Saturday for Leverkusen in their 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin.

But an examination by Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt has revealed the injury is worse than first thought.

He has already suffered a complicated rib injury which needed a titanium plate and four screws to repair in 2006, which nearly ended his career.

Germany coach Joachim Löw is set to name his World Cup squad on Thursday.

“Of course, we are very sorry that Rene will now be operated on, but he has

to have the procedure,” said Löw.

“The coaching team will now meet to discuss who will replace Rene in travelling to South Africa and we will announce our nomination in Stuttgart on Thursday.”

Former Germany striker Rudi Völler said Adler’s injury is a bitter blow for the national team.

“I feel incredibly sorry for Rene,” said Leverkusen’s director of sport Völler. “His great World Cup dream has burst, but now we must accept the doctor’s decision. “I hope and firmly believe that Rene will be between the posts for Germany’s next major tournament.”

With Adler ruled out, Schalke 04’s Manuel Neuer is set to take his place in goal for Germany’s opening World Cup match in Group D against Australia on June 13 with Werder Bremen’s Tim Wiese also travelling.

Löw had been set to take three goalkeepers to South Africa, meaning Bayern Munich

veteran Hans-Jörg Butt could be set for a surprise recall nearly seven years

after winning the last of his three caps for Germany. Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller could also be an option.

Germany face warm-up matches against Malta on May 13 in Aachen, Hungary in Budapest on May 29 and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Frankfurt on June 3.

They have drawn Australia, Ghana and Serbia in Group 4 of the World Cup as they bid to win the title for the fourth time.

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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