Mueller fitness to be decided on matchday: Germany's Loew

Bayern Munich star was injured during their 4-2 win over Portugal at the weekend and has not trained with the team


REUTERS June 23, 2021

BERLIN:

Germany's attacking midfielder Thomas Mueller will have to wait until Wednesday morning to find out if he can play in its final Euro 2020 Group F game later in the day, with the player nursing a knee injury, coach Joachim Loew said.

Mueller was injured during their 4-2 win over Portugal at the weekend and has not trained with the team.

"For Mueller, we will have to wait until tomorrow," Loew told a news conference on Tuesday.

"He will undergo a final test and then we will see and decide if he is capable of playing or not."

Loew said Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Robin Gosens had been ruled fit after overcoming minor injuries picked up in the Portugal game. The trio trained with the team earlier on Tuesday at their base north of Munich.

"We were all happy with the way we beat Portugal but there was also an analysis we can improve some things. The team is focused and concentrated and knows that we have taken just one step," Loew said.

"The game against Hungary will not be as open as against Portugal. We know our opponents. They are well schooled in defending. There won't be as many opportunities in the box. We need to wear them out first."

The three-time European champions has three points, the same as Portugal and one behind Group F leader France.

It will advance with a victory over Hungary but could also qualify with a draw if France does not lose its game against the Portuguese. The Hungarians, in last place with one point, need to win to have any chance of progressing.

 

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