Germany lose young star Marco Reus ahead of World Cup 2014
One of the biggest, potential stars of the World Cup 2014 won’t be in attendance. Germany’s Marco Reus picked up an ankle injury in their final warmup match against Armenia, a game which the Germans won 3-1. The Borussia Dortmund man has suffered a partial ligament tear and will be out of action for six or seven weeks, scuppering his World Cup ambitions.
The loss of Rues is huge for Germany, as he has been one of the best young players around in the world over the last year, and looked to be peaking for the world stage. It was another midfield blow for boss low, who had already lost midfielder Lars Bender as well because of a thigh injury.
But instead of replacing Reus with an attack minded one-for-one player, Joachim Low went for for Everton defender Shkodran Mustafi instead, with the German boss explaining:
“Our quality in the position behind the strikers is very high. We have Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos to give us plenty of alternatives.
Germany’s odds to win World Cup 2014 are holding at 6/1, putting them as joint third favourites alongside Spain. Germany play in Group G at the World Cup, where they are 8/13 favourites to win the group ahead of Portugal, Ghana and the USA. Their opening match is against fellow Europeans Portugal on Monday, June 16th.
Updated Germany World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria).
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).