Update: 5:30PM EST
Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane is also in doubt for the Romania game with a hamstring injury.
“Same goes for Leroy Sané’s hamstring, but that looks a little more promising,” said Löw (as captured by the DFB). “A decision will not be made until tomorrow in any case.”
And the hits just keep on coming for Bayern Munich.
Earlier today we found out that Niklas Süle did not travel to Bucharest for Germany’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Romania, but it also appears that Leon Goretzka has also picked up an injury.
During his press conference earlier today, Germany manager Joachim Löw revealed that Goretzka’s status for the Romania game is in doubt due to a calf issue (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia below):
Joachim Löw: "Leon Goretzka has a calf problem. He will complete part of team training today and we'll decide tomorrow whether he can play. Leroy Sané has a hamstring problem, but things are looking more positive for him" pic.twitter.com/ZqVupS9m8Q— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) March 27, 2021
The immediate speculation shifted to who would start for Germany if Goretzka could not play and Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus was brought up. Löw did not commit to Neuhaus, but did reveal that he would wait to see how Goretzka progressed over the next day and offered up what the contingency plans might look like should the 26-year-old be unable to play:
Neuhaus to start?— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) March 27, 2021
Löw: "I'll first wait to see how Leon is doing. Neuhaus is of course the first option. Neuhaus or Musiala would be alternatives or we also could play Serge Gnabry in midfield and put Timo Werner upfront. The back four will remain the same as against Iceland" pic.twitter.com/d69DXkJTXt
An injury to Goretzka would certainly be another blow to Bayern Munich if this ends up being anything substantial.