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Serge Gnabry gets the nod for Germany vs Russia with Leroy Sané and Timo Werner

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Head coach Jogi Löw will count on his young attacking trio against Russia tomorrow, although Dortmund’s star Marco Reus has been ruled out by injury.


14 November 2018, Saxony, Leipzig: Soccer: Germany, press conference of the national team before the international match against Russia (15.11.) in the Red Bull Arena Leipzig. Player Serge Gnabry speaks at the press conference.
14 November 2018, Saxony, Leipzig: Soccer: Germany, press conference of the national team before the international match against Russia (15.11.) in the Red Bull Arena Leipzig. Player Serge Gnabry speaks at the press conference.
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Ahead of Germany’s friendly match against Russia on Thursday, head coach Joachim “Jogi” Löw acknowledged that he intends to unleash the young attacking trio of Leroy Sané, Timo Werner, and Bayern Munich’s own Serge Gnabry against the Russians. Löw commented, “The three up front have done well. The trend is that the three will start again.”

While Gnabry will have a chance to build on his latest performances for Bayern Munich — playing 74 minutes in Bayern’s 2-3 loss to Dortmund, but winning an assist — Germany’s key playmaker Marco Reus will unfortunately be unavailable. After training on Wednesday, Löw revealed that Reus is suffering from a metatarsal contusion and a swollen ankle. Löw speculated that Reus would be able to participate in running training on Thursday, but his status for Germany’s upcoming Nations League match against the Netherlands is questionable.

Löw will be observing Reus’s status “from day to day,” but for Thursday, “it doesn’t make sense” that he would start.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Löw confirmed, will be in goal tomorrow.