Earlier today, we received the news that Bayern Munich defender Niklas Süle was going to miss Germany’s match against Iceland with a strain, but the injury news is getting worse for Die Mannschaft.
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has left the camp with a nagging adductor ailment that has caused him to return to Spain prematurely:
ℹ️ @ToniKroos has withdrawn from the international squad due to a persistent adductor issue. He will leave the team hotel to return to Spain.— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 23, 2021
Get well soon, Toni! #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/p9w1eXA10o
The absence of Kroos creates a bit of an opportunity for Germany manager Joachim Löw, who might now be able to feature Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and İlkay Gündoğan together — depending on what formation the Bundestrainer decides to use.
Löw certainly does not have a shortage of midfield talent to choose from. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz among others could also gain more opportunities without the presence of Kroos in the camp. What formation Löw deploys could have a trickle down effect on which players he uses and how he uses them within the midfield.
It seems doubtful that Löw will call in a replacement for Kroos at this point, but the manager does have several options to bring in if he thinks he needs another body.
As reported earlier, defender Robin Gosens’ status is also questionable with a muscular injury as well. At a minimum, it appears that Gosens will also miss the Iceland match.