FIFA World Cup: German Striker Lukas Podolski Ruled Out of Algeria Clash

Updated: 29 June 2014 17:58 IST

Lukas Podolski, who is playing in his third World Cup, suffered a thigh injury in Germany's 1-0 win over USA.

FIFA World Cup: German Striker Lukas Podolski Ruled Out of Algeria Clash
Lukas Podolski is featuring in his third World Cup for Germany

Lukas Podolski is featuring in his third World Cup for Germany
Lukas Podolski is featuring in his third World Cup for Germany

Germany forward Lukas Podolski has been ruled out of Monday's World Cup last 16 clash against Algeria in Porto Alegre with a thigh injury. (Fixtures)

The 29-year-old Arsenal star -- who is at his third World Cup finals -- suffered the injury in Germany's 1-0 win over the USA on Thursday in their final group stage match and an MRI scan on Saturday revealed a small tear. (In Pics: Many Colours of FIFA World Cup)

"Lukas must rest for two or three days, but should we progress in the tournament it won't be a problem for him to play," said Germany coach Joachim Loew.

With Podolski out, Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze is set to take his place on the left wing.

Germany's right-back Jerome Boateng also missed training on Saturday with a knee irritation, but Loew said it will be "no problem" for the Bayern Munich defender to play.



Topics : FIFA World Cup 2014 Germany Lukas Podolski Football
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