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Injuries force squad changes for Germany

With Ilkay Gündogan and Nils Petersen already out, Germany will now face the Netherlands and France without Kai Havertz, Marco Reus, and Antonio Rüdiger.

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More than the last international break, this Germany squad has been affected by injuries and is not going to be featuring its top roster as it prepares to face off against the Netherlands and France.

Bayer Leverkusen wunderkind Kai Havertz and Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger will sit out this break due to injury, while Dortmund star Marco Reus will rest after a heavy workload.

Juventus midfielder Emre Can has joined the squad, but Joachim Löw has not indicated that he will add any additional bodies as of yet. Löw’s team has been battling the injury bug as Ilkay Gündogan and Nils Petersen were already not available per

While Ilkay Gündogan (thigh) and Nils Petersen (shoulder) missed Löw’s cut after failing to recover from pre-existing injuries, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus withdrew from the Germany squad as a precautionary measure on Sunday despite an MRI scan showing his knee was injury-free.

Die Mannschaft’s roster today

The original release

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