Friedrich doubtful for match against China

German Football
By German Football May 28, 2009 19:11

Friedrich doubtful for match against China

For this Friday’s international game against China, German coach Joachim Löw sets his trust on his more experienced players. Because of a somewhat depleted roster of 17 players and the fact, that Arne Friedrich was unable to participate in Thursday’s public practice session, Robert Huth of FC Middlesbrough is expected to start in the friendly match. Newcomers such as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (FC Schalke), Cacau (VfB Stuttgart) and Christian Träsch (VfB Stuttgart) will most likely be on the reserve’s bench first.

Apart from Friedrich, defender Heiko Westermann (Schalke 04) and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München) had to rest for at least part of Thursday’s practice session. Westermann had suffered a hit on the heel on Wednesday, while Schweinsteiger’s ailing back forced him to leave Thursday’s session early.

Medical staff are nevertheless optimistic, that Schweinsteiger will be ready-to-go for the match. The decision on Friedrich and Westermann on the other hand will be taken shortly before kick-off.

Earlier, German National Coach Joachim Löw had appointed Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski to start on the attack, while Robert Enke (Hannover 96) will be the starting goalkeeper, even though the 31-year-old had suffered a painful head laceration during the last league match in Bielefeld, which had to be suturated.

Manuel Neuer will get his first cap in the match against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai on Tuesday.

[DFB.de]

German Football
By German Football May 28, 2009 19:11
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