Germany uphold Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels vs Austria for warm-up play

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Germany’s Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels will not rove with the World Champions to Austria for their 2018 FIFA World Cup warm-up match on Saturday and get an extra day of rest; Coach Joachim Loew said that on Friday. The German footballers are in World Cup Group F with Sweden, South Korea and Mexico.

Germany uphold Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels vs Austria for warm-up play

Mueller and Hummels will remain at their northern Italy training camp along with Bayern Munich co-player Jerome Boateng, working back towards full ability following a muscle injury late in the season. The Germans are playing against Austria in Klagenfurt in their penult test ahead of this month’s World Cup. They also host Saudi Arabia on June 8 before leaving for Russia. 

Loew said that fellow 2014 World Cup winners Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, who dropped off late-season injuries, would be on the pitch on Saturday to get much needed match practice.  Midfielder Toni Kroos will arrive in Italy on Saturday after a blunt break following his Champions League victory with Real Madrid.

Germany uphold Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels vs Austria for warm-up play
Germany uphold Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels vs Austria for warm-up play

Not everything is working perfectly said Loew. “But at this stage that is normal. Everything has gone according to plan. We have no injuries after about 10 days and that is a good feeling to have at this point.”

Also See: Germany 2018 Squad for FIFA

Surprise accumulation Nils Petersen will also get playing time against Austria with Loew admiring the Freiburg forward, who is contending for a spot in the squad along with forward players Mario Gomez and Timo Werner. 


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