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Joachim Low calls up Robin Koch, Sebastian Rudy to German National Team

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Injuries to other players in the squad have forced Low to make some call ups to fill spots in Die Mannschaft’s squad.

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Since announcing his initial 21-man roster for the pair of matches last week, Joachim Low has called up Schalke’s Suat Serdar and Sebastian Rudy, and SC Freiburg’s Robin Koch in light of the fact that both Jonas Hector and Toni Kroos have withdrawn from the squad because of injury. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan are also questionable: Werner has the flu and Gundogan has complained of a slight muscular injury. Matthias Ginter is also out with a shoulder injury (kicker).

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Neither Rudy nor Koch have joined the team at their hotel in Dortmund, but both are expected to arrive at some point on Tuesday ahead of Germany’s friendly against Argentina and then the Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday. The pair of players are the most recent call-ups after Schalke’s Serdar had been called up in place of the injured Kroos.

At the moment, Löw is facing an injury crisis for Die Mannschaft, but thankfully the Argentina match is just a friendly, and Germany should have no problem taking care of Estonia in the qualifier. As things currently stand, Germany has a long list of injured players who would otherwise (likely) be involved: Leroy Sané, Antonio Rudiger, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Nico Schulz, Leon Goretzka, Thilo Kehrer, Matthias Ginter, and Kevin Trapp all are dealing with problems.

Obviously, so many injuries at this point effects the harmony of the squad, since many regulars on Germany’s team will not be able to play together during this international break. Ideally, Löw would want the current roster of players to play together as much as possible, but this time around he’ll have to make the best of a difficult situation (Bild):

That hurts us, of course! These are not good conditions. But we’re makingthe best of it; I don’t want to complain either. It’s also an opportunity for the young players. But things are unusually difficult for us at the moment.

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