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2014 World Cup: Defender Shkodran Mustafi replaces Marco Reus in Germany's squad

Published on: 07 June 2014
Shkodran Mustafi of Germany runs with the ball during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifying Group Six match between Germany U21 and Faroe Islands U21 at Auestadion on October 15, 2013 in Kassel, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Germany midfielder Marco Reus has been ruled out of the World Cup with Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi called up to replace him.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder tore ankle ligaments in Germany's final World Cup warm-up match against Armenia on Friday night.

The German Football Association announced on Saturday morning that the 25-year-old faces a lay-off of seven to eight weeks, meaning he will not be fit for the World Cup.

"It's extremely regrettable both for him and for us," said Germany coach Joachim Low on Saturday.

"Marco was in top form and he had made a fantastic impression during our training camp and in both our games against Cameroon and Armenia.

"You could just see how much he was enjoying his football. He had played a key role in our considerations for Brazil."

Instead, Sampdoria defender Mustafi will be boarding the plane with the rest of the Germany squad on Saturday night.

"It was not about finding a like-for-like replacement for Marco," Low continued. "We have a great deal of quality in that position behind the forwards.

"We've got enough alternatives with Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos.

"That is why we have chosen an extra option for the defence. Shkodran impressed us during our training camp, he's fit and we have faith in him.

"We know we can rely on him 100 per cent."

Reus will not require surgery, but will spend the next two months receiving treatment in Dortmund in a bid to be fit for the start of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season at the end of August.

Mustafi has been capped only once, playing the full 90 minutes of Germany's 0-0 draw against Poland last month having impressed in Serie A last season.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • CAP'N PLANET says:
    June 07, 2014 12:22 pm
  • 21guns says:
    June 07, 2014 12:34 pm
    It very bad for Germany, but that would not stop them from qualifying with Ghana, but it will be unfortunate that Ghana will beat them this around. I guess if kwaku bonsam predicted this injury the dumb ones will worship him. It is very sad that many of you who hyped kwaku bonsam did not see that he was just seeking for attention and fame, and I guess he got it by the attention world wide. I quiet remember in 2009 when Ghana won the under 20 world cup, T.B Joshua forge a fake video by Saying that he helped Ghana won the world cup looking for same fame but ghanains brush it aside. Then why are you giving kwaku bonsam with the unnecessary attention. I wonder
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 07, 2014 02:18 pm
    OK KPB enough, stop scaring the German lads, now they don't even want to play because they don't want to be part of the first German team that did not make it past the knock rounds!
  • Ghost of Sparta says:
    June 07, 2014 03:20 pm
    Better than Ozil replacing Ballack
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 07, 2014 02:16 pm
    Speedy recovery Marco Reus, there is always the EUFA cup you should be ready by then!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 07, 2014 02:19 pm
    correction: into the knock out round.