Frings trains despite broken rib

German Football
By German Football June 18, 2008 16:30

Frings trains despite broken rib

Germany midfielder Torsten Frings took part in his country’s final training session before they travel to Basel for their quarter-final match against Portugal despite a broken rib – but forward Lukas Podolski was not risked.

Frings, 31, suffered the rib injury during Germany’s 1-0 win against Austria on Monday and looked relatively comfortable in training, although he did not get involved in any tackling. Team manager Oliver Bierhoff said: “Torsten really wants to play, which is not normal with a broken rib as it is a very painful injury. Our medical department are doing everything in their power to give him the chance to play on Thursday. It is possible he will play under a local anaesthetic.”

The 23-year-old Podolski, who scored three goals during the group stage, has been troubled by a calf problem and went through a special routine rather than join in the team session. “The situation with him has improved vastly but we still cannot say whether he will play,” Bierhoff added.

German Football
By German Football June 18, 2008 16:30
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