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Löw calls Schweinsteiger a World Cup victim

The Local · 5 Oct 2010, 13:18

Published: 05 Oct 2010 13:18 GMT+02:00

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Schweinsteiger will sit out Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey at Berlin's Olympic Stadium after injuring his ankle in Bayern Munich's 2-0 Bundesliga defeat last Sunday.

Having helped Germany finish third at the World Cup, Schweinsteiger had just a few weeks between his return from South Africa on July 12 to recover before training started for the new Bundesliga season which kicked off on August 20.

"These things happen after a World Cup," Löw told daily Bild in reference to Schweinsteiger's ankle knock.

"The players have only had a short time to prepare for the next season and the risks of getting injury is of course higher. The Spanish also have the same problems with injuries."

The 26-year-old Schweinsteiger has damaged ankle ligaments and will sit out the next ten days including both Euro 2012 matches against Turkey and Kazakhstan in Astana.

With 83-caps to his name, Schweinsteiger is an important part of Germany's midfield and his place is likely to go to Bayern team-mate Toni Kroos.

Hamburg defender Marcell Jansen will also miss Germany's next two Euro 2012 qualifiers, the German Football Federation have said.

On Tuesday morning, Dortmund forward Kevin Grosskreutz, who has one cap to his name, withdrew from the Germany squad suffering from the 'flu, but may still travel with the team for the game against Kazakhstan on October 12.

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Germany are top of Group A, equal on six points with second-placed Turkey, after two games.


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Your comments about this article

20:33 October 5, 2010 by lordkorner
Re fraufruit's comments Parking chaos?,why drive when you can get an S bahn right to the front door,and by the way the S bahn fare is paid if you have a ticket to the game,as for hooligans,in all the times I've been to the Olympic Stadium I never seen anything but a little friendly banter fro the so called hooligans.
04:37 October 6, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
The reason England are pants at big tournaments is, as one of the Germans said this summer, "too many chiefs & not enough Indians." Unlike the German squad, who are all willing to work for the team, the England players all expect everyone else to work for them. Consequently no one does & they lose. Nothing to do with long seasons, winter break or any other claptrap. They're selfish clowns who all think they're the one star the team should be built around.
15:05 October 7, 2010 by J-Dub
Any connection with the fact that the Turkish population in Berlin is IMMENSE and the location of this game? I would assume the location being Berlin was for ticket sales because of the population of Turkish immigrants in Berlin being large. But this game will not be the same as the Euro 2008 game. Turkey is not the same team. Not saying that Germany is either, but Turkey has really not been the same since Euro 2008. They squandered a chance to beat the U.S. in a qualifier in the waning moments, losing 2-1, so why would anyone believe that Germany would have an issue beating a team that the U.S. already has beaten. This should prove to be a no-contest for Germany.
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