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Germany’s Werner Ruled out of Argentina Friendly


7Dnews London - AFP

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 02:55 GMT

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been ruled out of Germany's friendly against Argentina set for Wednesday October 9th. He is the fifth player to withdraw from the squad as Toni Kroos, Jonas Hector, Matthias Ginter, and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan all withdrew.

Suat Serdar, Sebastian Rudy, as well as previously-uncapped Robin Koch were all called in as replacements. AFP reported that Germany manager Joachim Loew said, "I spent my Sunday on the phone, and I didn't receive anything but bad news."

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane remains out with a long-term knee injury, depleting Germany's side even further. Loew announced early this year that he would not call up the experienced trio of Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, and Mats Hummels for the national team in order to prioritize younger talent.

The 59-year-old said he had no plans to change his mind and call up Hummels despite his good form for Borussia Dortmund. "I haven't thought about him. We're following our path with our young players, and there's no reason to call up Mats."

The Germans are joint top of their Euro qualifying group with Northern Ireland with both teams on 12 points. The Netherlands, who beat Germany in their last encounter in Group C, are only three points behind while having a game in hand.

Germany will play away against Estonia in their next euro qualifiers on October 13th.