2014 World Cup: Ghana's opponents Germany worry over growing spate of injuries in squad
Ghana’s World Cup opponents Germany are sweating over the fitness of about nine of their key players as they are struggling to be fit for the competition which starts in Brazil in June.
Key players Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose are among the key players who have been struggling to be fit for the tournament because of injuries.
This means these key players could be left out of the squad for the finals in Brazil that could hurt their hopes of winning the title in July.
Despite the availability of riches in German talent, coach Joachim Loew admits the absence of these players could affect their chances of winning the title.
“Three months before the World Cup we have eight, nine players who are out of rhythm, who have been injured for a long time. I am not sure that all will be back in time for the World Cup,” Loew said.
“That gives me headaches. I know that at the World Cup you need players who are strong physically.
“We need players who are physically fit and who can deal with the conditions in Brazil: the heat, long travel, unusual kickoff times, time difference.”
Ghana will play Germany on 21 June in their Group G match in Fortaleza and the absence of these players could boost the Black Stars chances of causing an upset in the match.