13.11.2006: Germany faces double injury blow

German Football
By German Football November 13, 2006 16:04

13.11.2006: Germany faces double injury blow

Germany coach Joachim Löw has called up Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Paul Freier on Monday for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus, after Bernd Schneider and Piotr Trochowski were ruled out from the game with injuries.

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will also miss Germany’s Euro 2008 qualifier away to Cyprus on Wednesday because of a heavy cold. Lehmann’s illness forced him to miss Arsenal´s 3-0 league win against Liverpool on Sunday. After speaking with coach Joachim Löw by phone, he decided to pull out of the squad. On Sunday, Löw called up Hanover goalkeeper Robert Enke to replace Lehmann. VfB Stuttgart keeper Timo Hildebrand, Lehmann’s backup, will almost certainly start the match in Nicosia on Wednesday.

‘We need players who are 100 percent fit,’ said Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff. On Sunday it was not clear how seriously Schneider and Trochowski were hurt. ‘It wouldn’t make any sense to take Bernd or Piotr with us.’

Freier, 27, has 18 caps for Germany and he last appeared in a 2-2 draw against Argentina on Feb. 9, 2005.

Loew will also be without injured strikers Lukas Podolski and Gerald Asamoah, midfielders Tim Borowski, Sebastian Kehl and Sebastian Deisler as well as defenders Christoph Metzfelder, Marcell Jansen and Alexander Madlung.

Coach Joachim Löw has called up 19 players. Per Mertesacker is back in the squad. Due to injury, the centreback from Werder Bremen has not been in the team since the World Cup this summer.

Germany are second in Group D after beating Ireland (1-0), San Marino (13-0) and Slovakia (4-1) in their three games so far. Cyprus had a surprising 5-2 win against Ireland in October and are placed fifth. With a win Germany will climb to the top of the table, taking over the Czech Republic as leaders of the group.

Germany has played Cyprus four times and the world champion of 1954, 1974 and 1990 have won all matches and scored 24 goals, conceding none. The last game between both teams ended 12-0 on May 29th 1969 in Essen.

German Football
By German Football November 13, 2006 16:04
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