Germany coach Joachim Löw will miss Die Mannschaft’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus on June 8th and Estonia on June 11th due to health concerns. Per a statement from the DFB, Low had a “sporting accident” and “an artery was crushed.”
Deutsche Welle (DW) cited a report from a report from Bild that stated “that Löw had checked into a clinic in Freiburg with circulatory problems after dropping a dumbbell on himself a few weeks ago.” Per Bild:
Löw had injured himself a few weeks ago in a training accident. He had a dumbbell hit his chest. At first the national coach did not take the incident seriously. Only when circulatory disorders occurred, he had to go to the clinic. The good news: An operation is not planned right now!
Löw had this to say as he wanted to be clear that he is on the road to recovery:
I already feel better, but have to rest up for the next four weeks. I’m in constant communication with my coaching staff and we will stay in contact over the phone for both games. Marcus Sorg, Andy Köpke, and Oliver Bierhoff have many years of experience between them and we will be able to get through this short break in a good manner.
DFB director Oliver Bierhoff is eager to see Löw back in action when he is healthy and ready to go:
The most important thing is that ‘Jogi’ is back to full health in the next few days. Even though you can tell he’d rather be back on the training ground, he’s right to rest up.
Marcus Sorg will take the helm while Löw recuperates.