Injured Mesut Ozil To Miss Germany's Final World Cup Warm-Up

Updated: 07 June 2018 19:55 IST

With Ozil out, Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler is set to fill the attacking midfield role with Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger stepping in for Boateng if needed.

Injured Mesut Ozil To Miss Germany
Mesut Ozil faces a race to get his knee ready for Germany's first World Cup game against Mexico. © AFP

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will miss Germany's final warm-up match on Friday with a knee injury, but the attacking midfielder's participation in the World Cup is not in danger, according to the German Football Association (DFB). Ozil, 29, will sit out the friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen with light bruising to his left knee, but was able to run in training on Thursday. The midfielder, who picked up the injury in Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat to Austria, has not taken part in full training over the last four days at Germany's pre-World Cup camp in Eppan, north Italy.

"It's nothing dramatic, we just don't want to take any risk and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be okay for the World Cup," said Germany's team director Oliver Bierhoff.

Ozil, who finished the 2017/18 season with a back injury, faces a race to get his knee ready for Germany's first World Cup game against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

Germany, who are winless in their last five games, are set to name a full-strength side against Saudi Arabia, who play hosts Russia in the World Cup opener next Thursday.

Bayern Munich star Boateng could play his first game since suffering a groin injury in April, "we assume that Jerome is now 100 percent fit", added Bierhoff, but a final decision has not been taken.

With Ozil out, Paris Saint-Germain's Julian Draxler is set to fill the attacking midfield role with Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger stepping in for Boateng if needed.

World Cup winners Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller are all set to return having sat out the Austria defeat with Timo Werner as the lone striker.

Having thrown away the lead against Austria, who enjoyed their first victory over their neighbours for 32 years, world champions Germany know they need to produce a good performance in their final game before flying to Russia on Tuesday.

"We've worked through the defeat, taken our mistakes to heart -- tomorrow we want to do a much better job," said left-back Jonas Hector.

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Highlights
  • The midfielder's participation in the World Cup is not in danger
  • Ozil picked up the injury in Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat to Austria
  • Germany are set to name a full-strength side against Saudi Arabia
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