Bayern Goalkeeper Neuer Out of Germany Squad for Spain

Manuel Neuer will not travel with Germany squad to Spain for an international friendly in Vigo on Tuesday night because of a knee injury.

A slight problem with the Bayern Munich goalkeeper’s right knee has ruled him out of the clash with the European Cup holders.

“I would have liked to have been able to field my best team against Spain, but we did not want to take any risks with Manuel,” said Germany coach Joachim Low on the website of German Football Association (DFB).

“With Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund) and Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96), we have two excellent alternatives who have more than deserved to play against Spain. I know I can rely on both of them.”

Neuer, 28, kept a clean sheet as Germany defeated Gibraltar 4-0 on Friday evening. His withdrawal from Tuesday’s friendly is understood to be precautionary; however, the severity of his injury is not yet clear.

Neuer joins Marcos Reus, Andre Schuerrle, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Bastian Schweinsteiger amongst the list of German absentees for the 2010 World Cup semi-final replay.

Bayern return to German Bundesliga action next Saturday against Hoffenheim before travelling to face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League having already qualified for the knockout stages, although City need to win that game to keep their hopes alive of joining them in the last 16.