The international break is not being kind to Germany.
As Die Mannschaft seeks to re-discover itself during each UEFA Nations League match, coach Joachim Löw seemingly has less and less options as players opt out to avoid injury or are already injured. Already without Ilkay Gündogan, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Kai Havertz, and Antonio Rüdiger due to injury or the need to rest to ward off an injury; Löw will now be missing Kevin Trapp and Leon Goretzka.
Goretzka and his lingering thigh injury will be replaced by Bayern Munich teammate Serge Gnabry. Trapp, the Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper, has an undisclosed injury and has been replaced by Arsenal’s Bernd Leno.
While the addition of Leno does not figure to have any material impact on the roster, the loss of Goretzka hurts Löw’s midfield depth. Gnabry’s addition will provide additional pace and a scoring threat on the wing or centrally if needed, but it remains to be seen how Löw would deploy the Bayern man.
The poor guy in charge of updating Germany’s roster graphic is probably developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at this point.