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Germans hit by flu and fitness worries ahead of match for third

AFP · 9 Jul 2010, 16:42

Published: 09 Jul 2010 16:42 GMT+02:00

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Coach Joachim Löw is suffering from the same bug as captain Philipp Lahm and striker Lukas Podolski - though it is hoped both will be fit for the match in Port Elizabeth.

Reserve goalkeeper Tim Wiese has a knee injury, while Klose - who could break Ronaldo's record of 15 World Cup goals as he presently has 14 - has a back problem as the Germans recover from the disappointment of losing Wednesday's semi-final.

"Last night, some flu virus hit us hard, maybe to do with the flights, air conditioning and maybe the disappointment (of losing to Spain)," said team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who hinted Lahm may not start.

"Löw has a serious case of flu, but we are trying to get him fit and on the bench for Saturday. "It remains to be seen if Klose will play, likewise we don't want Lahm to get injured and then carry that into the new Bundesliga season."

Assistant coach Hansi Flick will step in for Friday afternoon's press conference in Port Elizabeth, but Löw is expected to take his place in the dugout on Saturday. Flick also took over training.

Fresh from the disappointment of Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Spain in Durban, Bierhoff says Germany are determined to win the play-off to finish the World Cup on a high.

Germany also finished third at the 2006 World Cup, but Bierhoff said other members of the squad may be given their chance against Uruguay.

"For us, this World Cup is anything but over, we will be 100 percent focused and dedicated," he said. "We want to play with the same fresh, free-flowing football we have shown so far here. Sometimes it is good to field unspoiled players, as we did in 2006."

Germany will fly home on Sunday evening - at the same time Spain and the Netherlands are due to contest the final at Soccer City - on an A330 Airbus.

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"I do hope it has the technology so we can watch the game, but I am not sure," said Bierhoff.

"It won't hurt us too much to not be able to see it, it is not a must-see thing, it would only add to the pain for us."

Löw, Flick, Bierhoff and goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke are all out of contract after the World Cup, but Bierhoff would only say they will sit down and discuss their future in the tournament's aftermath.

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18:36 July 9, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
They won't admit it, but during the last game, like the Brits they had their pants nicked and all caught a chill in the grollies.
22:49 July 9, 2010 by thomass66
Hey Heinrich der Zweite you need to learn to speak English for the rest of us that obviuosly don't understand a lick of the Queen's English and oh by the way, who decided it was her's to begin with? Some "Bloke" I suppose? Now for the rest of it - the German team is all sick and tired of the pressure that they were under and who really wants to play for "Third" place anyway? I'll leave it at that for you all to draw your own conclusions on this one - thanks
23:49 July 9, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
You seem rather bitter about the Queens english. But I must admit writing English after living here since 1972 is not my best point.

I would'nt say the German team is sick and tired. It would be very happy to say the least to get the third place in the championship. As well as many millions of German fans. The team is great.

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