Podolski Ruled Out of Algeria Clash

Germany forward Lukas Podolski is ruled out of today’s round of 16 match against Algeria with a thigh injury.

The Arsenal star sustained the injury in Germany’s 1-0 win over the USA on Thursday- their final group game of the tournament.

Subsequent scan revealed a small tear in his thigh, which requires the 29-year-old to take a couple of days’ rest.

“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 Low.

Lukas Podolski Challenged by Kyle Beckerman of the United States During Their Last Group Game on Thursday. Photo Credit: Fifa via Getty Image.
Lukas Podolski Challenged by Kyle Beckerman of the United States During Their Last Group Game on Thursday. Photo Credit: Fifa via Getty Image.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze is expected to take Podolski’s place for the game against the ‘Desert Foxes’ in Porto Alegre.

Germany’s right-back Jerome Boateng also missed training on Saturday with a knee irritation, but Low said it will be “no problem” for Ghanaian-born defender.

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