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.