Injury worries for Germany ahead of clash with Lionel Messi-less Argentina
The match is a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final, but Argentina's Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is set to be the only survivor
Dortmund (Germany): Germany are set to hand out several debuts with Joachim Loew missing a host of first-choice names for today's friendly against an Argentina without Lionel Messi. Like the Germans, Argentina must do without some big names in Dortmund, where only two-third of tickets have been sold for the friendly. The match is a repeat of the 2014 World Cup final, but Argentina's Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is set to be the only survivor.
Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero have been left out of the Argentina squad while playmaker and captain Messi is suspended. The superstar is serving a three-month ban after accusing governing body CONMEBOL of "corruption" at the Copa America, where his team finished third. The German camp has been forced into a reshuffle with 13 players dropping out for illness or injury.
"It will be difficult to expect great things when it comes to the line-up, but you can expect seriousness and commitment," assured Loew who admitted wanting to use the Argentina match to test out combinations with an eye on Euro 2020, "but we won't be able to do that now". Key midfielders Toni Kroos of Real Madrid and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan are both injured, while a knee knock means there is a question mark over Dortmund captain Marco Reus.
As a result, Loew has called up defender Robin Koch from Freiburg and midfielder Sebastian Rudy, who played a key role in Hoffenhiem's shock win at Bayern Munich on Saturday. Defenders Matthias Ginter, out with a shoulder injury, and Jonathan Tah, who has a cold, will also be missing.
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Germany v Argentina: Sony Ten 2, 00:15 (Thursday)
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