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2014 World Cup: Germany defender Hummels in doubt for Ghana match

Published on: 21 June 2014
German national soccer players Mats Hummels, left, and Toni Kroos arrive for an official training session the day before the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)

Germany central defender Mats Hummels went through some warm-up routines on Friday but remains doubtful for the World Cup Group G match against Ghana on Saturday.

Hummels scored a goal in Germany’s 4-0 opening win over Portugal but hurt his right thigh in the match and hasn’t been able to train with the team since.

Germany coach Joachim Lowe said Hummels was able to run on Thursday but did not tackle or take part in the full practice.

Loew is waiting to see how Hummels reacts to the team’s last practice Friday before deciding on his lineup.

 Hummels went through the usual warm-up routines at the Arena Castelao but reporters were ushered out after 15 minutes and could not see if he participated in the full session.

Defensive midfielder Sami Khedira said it was always difficult to make changes in the defense.

“If Max Hummels can’t play that would be a pity, especially if we might have to change the defense and that is always difficult for the coach. But we do have other excellent players,” Khedira said.

If Hummels is ruled out, Jerome Boateng may move from right back to the central position. Loew did not say who would take the position on the flank, but added, “we have options.”

Shkodran Mustafi is also being considered as a central defender.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • Joe says:
    June 21, 2014 12:07 pm
    A reliable source says that this will be the Ghana line-up against Germany: Fatau, Afful, Kwadwo, Jonathan, Boye, Muntari, Atsu, Rabiu, Gyan, Boateng, Ayew.
  • SHANGO says:
    June 21, 2014 11:39 am
    Germany 6 Ghana 1
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    June 21, 2014 03:49 pm
    If Otto Addo has been recruited as a backroom staff , he should be listening to the analysis of the Germans on the Ghana Black Stars ! Just a few munites ago , german commentators and analysts made a very worrying analysis of John Boye! THE GERMANS CONSIDERS HIM TO BE THE WEAKPOINT OF GHANA'S DEFENCE!!! The Germans are up to applying the same tactical methods as against Portugal : MAKE OUT THE WEAKPOINT IN DEFENCE AND TIE UP THE DANGEROUS MAN IN ATTACK! The reason for the 4 "Full-Backs"! I hopeb the tactical team has been doing their job properly, because they are not in Brazil to enjoy their beautiful beaches and people!
  • Ike says:
    June 21, 2014 10:27 am
    We need to have a very good selections from our coach before we can beat the Germans...
  • yaw2 says:
    June 21, 2014 09:43 am
    Ghana must win Kwarasey Essien Jonathan Boye Wakaso Badu Afriyie Ayew KPB Asamoah Gyan sub > Waris.Rabiu and Muntari