Klose returns to Germany for friendly against Netherlands

Updated: 12 November 2011 21:41 IST

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose returned on Saturday to the German squad for Tuesday's friendly with the Netherlands after missing the friendly with Ukraine because of an inflamed tendon in his left knee.

Berlin:

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose returned on Saturday to the German squad for Tuesday's friendly with the Netherlands after missing the friendly with Ukraine because of an inflamed tendon in his left knee.

The 33-year-old - the second-highest scorer in the country's history with 62 goals -- six less than Gerd Muller - could be paired up front with Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez in what would be an experiment by coach Joachim Loew.

Loew usually prefers to start with one striker up front.

Loew also welcomed back goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Marco Reus, who both sat out the 3-3 draw with the Euro 2012 co-hosts, the former being rested and the latter because of flu.

However, defender Marcel Schmelzer is out of the Dutch game because he suffered a calf injury in Friday's friendly.

Neuer will replace Ron-Robert Zieler in goal while Reus could at last make his debut after having to pull out of five previous squads with various ailments.

Topics : Football Germany Tennis Miroslav Klose France Mexico Netherlands Portugal Canada Belarus
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