World Cup dream over for Adler

German Football
By German Football May 4, 2010 18:55

World Cup dream over for Adler

Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler has been ruled out of next month’s World Cup in South Africa as he is set to undergo an operation to repair damaged ribs.

“This was the toughest decision of my life,” said the 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper in a statement.

“But it would have been simply irresponsible of me, my club and the national team to have participated in the World Cup.

“Medically speaking, it would have been possible. But the pain is so great that I would not have been able to perform at my best over the longer term both in training and during matches.

“In such a long and intensive tournament, that is unacceptable. You need players who are totally fit.”

Having missed the last few weeks with the rib injury, Adler returned on Saturday for Leverkusen in their 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga wearing a special rib protector.

But an examination by Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has revealed the injury is worse than first thought.

Adler has already suffered a complicated rib injury which needed a titanium plate and four screws to repair in 2006 and nearly ended his career.

With Adler ruled out, Schalke 04’s Manuel Neuer is set to take his place in goal for Germany’s opening World Cup match in Group D against Australia on June 13 with Werder Bremen’s Tim Wiese serving as backup.

Löw will take three goalkeepers to South Africa so Bayern Munich veteran Hans-Joerg Butt could be set for a surprise recall nearly seven years after winning the last of his three caps for Germany. Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller is also another possibility.

German Football
By German Football May 4, 2010 18:55
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