Bastian Schweinsteiger's injuries, a huge concern for Germany

Munich: Midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich's final Bundesliga match of the season with a knee injury giving Germany fans another scare ahead of the World Cup.

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger

Germany desperately nee0d Schweinsteiger to be fit for the Brazil campaign, but it has been a season of many absences. And no one is giving a guarantee that he will be fit to start the Brazil campaign. The 29-year-old will celebrate a decade in the Germany team just before their opening Group G game against Portugal on June 16 having won his 101st cap in the 1-0 friendly win over Chile in March.

A defensive midfield shoo-in for club and country, Schweinsteiger’s appearances for Bayern Munich this season have been restricted by a trio of injuries. Back-to-back ankle surgeries hampered him in pre-season, then in November and December before he suffered an inflamed knee ligament at a training camp in Qatar in January.

Having only played 16 of Bayern’s first 27 league matches, Schweinsteiger gained valuable match fitness in 2014. But Bayern’s defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League was a psychological blow and the knock to the knee last weekend did not help.

“With his class and experience, he has a big influence on our game,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “When he is able to play 90 minutes, with his confidence on the ball and tactical awareness, he is very valuable for us.”

France hits back at Blatter's claims

Lausanne: France on Friday rejected as “unfounded” remarks by Sepp Blatter that French pressure contributed to Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup, as the FIFA president admitted that giving the Gulf state a summer tournament was a “mistake”.

Blatter told Swiss television RTS Thursday that pressure from Paris — as well as Germany — had helped Qatar become hosts of the mega-event watched by millions around the world. But French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal hit back saying: “The allegations by the president of FIFA on alleged pressure by France at the time of the award of the 2022 World Cup are unfounded.

“The designation of the country chosen to host the World Cup is for FIFA itself, and for the whole of its executive committee to choose through a vote.”

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