World Cup 2018: Germany Set To Be Without Mats Hummels Against Sweden

Updated: 22 June 2018 22:30 IST

Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger would be the likely replacement for Hummels.

World Cup 2018: Germany Set To Be Without Mats Hummels Against Sweden
Germany are likely to be without centre-back Mats Hummels on Saturday. © AFP

Germany are likely to be without centre-back Mats Hummels in Saturday's crunch World Cup clash against Sweden, coach Joachim Loew said. "Mats Hummels will probably not be able to play. He somehow dislodged a vertebra in his neck yesterday and has not improved," Loew said at Friday's pre-game press conference. "There is still time, but when things like that happen you don't generally improve overnight." Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger would be the likely replacement for Hummels alongside Jerome Boateng in the heart of the German defence.

The defending world champions come into Saturday's game in Sochi with their hopes of reaching the last 16 hanging by a thread after losing their opening match 1-0 against Mexico.

A defeat on Saturday could eliminate Loew's side, depending on the result of the day's other Group F game between Mexico and South Korea.

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Topics : Germany Mats Hummels 2018 FIFA World Cup Football
Highlights
  • Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger would be the likely replacement for Hummels
  • A defeat on Saturday could eliminate Loew's side
  • Jerome Boateng will be the heart of the German defence.
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