Germany battle injuries and history for World Cup fixtures

6th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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There has been a great deal of news coming out the German camp ahead of the World Cup in South Africa in June. Unfortunately for the Germans, it seems to be all about injuries and unrest within their ranks. First choice goalkeeper Rene Adler had apparently made a remarkable recovery from a rib injury he sustained on the domestic scene, getting back into training in less than a fortnight. However, the positive picture which he and his coaching staff were painting, has been tainted with graffiti, as the Bayer Leverkusen star has had to heartbreakingly withdraw from the World Cup with less than six weeks to go before kick off. His rib injury is healing and he would have been fit enough to travel to South Africa with the German squad, but his overall agility would likely still impaired, and so betting on Germany at the World Cup will now have to take into consideration that they will be without their star, number one goalkeeper.

It was Adler’s own decision for the good of his country, to withdraw, recognising that he would not be able to perform to the best of his ability at the tournament. Germany’s number one recognised that he could play, but would likely only do so with a lot of pain, and that would impair performances. Adler did play for his club last weekend, but the injury flared up and the outlook was not so good. Certainly not good enough to endure a month long tournament, should Germany go against World Cup odds and get to the final. Adler’s ribs have caused his problems throughout his career, and has a metal plate and screws holding together an old rib injury. This is further bad news for the German coach Joachim Low in the goalkeeping position, as former number Robert Enke sadly committed suicide at the end of last year. The battle for the number one shirt will now be between Manuel Neuer and Tim Wiese.

The news got worse for Low, as Adler’s team-mate Simon Rolfes, will not recover in time for the World Cup after a knee surgery. The midfielder has already withdrawn from this summer’s international duty along with Adler, after being away from the game from early January. As most nations announce their provisional squads ahead of some friendly matches in preparation for the World Cup, Low may plump for a third keeper. Another familiar German star will not be making his way to participate in Germany’s World Cup Fixtures is striker Kevin Kuranyi. The Brazilian born striker upset the apple cart in the form of boss Joachim Low, when he left the stadium early in Germany’s game against Russia back in 2008, because he had not been named in the match day squad. This ill discipline has now cost him his place at the World Cup Finals, despite calls from former Germany star Franz Beckenbauer for Low and Kuranyi to bury the hatchet for the good of the nation. Low insists though, that the incident from a couple of years ago has nothing to do with his decision in not taking Kuranyi, despite the strikers good form. Apparently there are better option suited to Germany’s cause at the World Cup, which sees them participate in Group D along with Australia, Ghana and Serbia.

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