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Injury sidelines midfielder Träsch for World Cup

Midfielder Christian Träsch joined Michael Ballack on the German national team’s casualty list Tuesday when he was ruled out of next month's World Cup with an ankle injury, the German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed.

Injury sidelines midfielder Träsch for World Cup
Photo: DPA

The 22-year-old Träsch twisted his right ankle on Monday night just eight minutes into a Germany XI’s 4-0 win over Italian third-division side FC Tyrol in a World Cup warm-up match at their north Italian training camp.

An MRI scan at a hospital in nearby Bolzano, northern Italy, revealed the Stuttgart midfielder has damaged ankle ligaments and cannot train for the next 14 days. The World Cup set to begin on June 11.

Germany’s first game is against Australia on June 13 and Löw has now lost two midfielders in just two weeks.

“It was a stupid situation, but it looks as though there is no tear in the ligaments,” said Löw after Träsch tripped on the pitch.

With Ballack also ruled out by an ankle injury he sustained playing for Chelsea in England’s FA Cup final 10 days ago, Löw has lost yet another midfield option.

Alongside Stuttgart teammate Sami Khedira, Träsch had been an alternative Löw was considering to replace Ballack at the heart of Germany’s midfield.

Apart from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Piotr Trochowski, Löw is now lacking experienced midfielders.

Löw must register his final 23-man World Cup squad with FIFA on June 1 and has yet to decide who will captain the side in Ballack’s absence and whether Bayern Munich’s Hans-Jörg Butt or Schalke’s Manuel Neuer will start in goal.

Germany face Australia, Serbia and Ghana in Group D at the World Cup.

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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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