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Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Ginger Lawrence | 15 May, 2018, 22:46

Joachim Low pens new Germany contract and drops 27-man Provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup. Neuer returned to training with Bayern last month and is expected to be selected for a two-week long training camp in northern Italy before Loew makes a last-minute decision on his captain.

Germany has excluded 2014 World Cup hero, Mario Gotze and Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can, from their 27-man provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Neuer, out of action since September due to a foot injury, has been given the chance to prove his fitness, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp his rivals for selection.

The Premier League is also represented in the squad, with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil joined by Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, along with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

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Mario Gotze, who scored the victor against Argentina in the final four years ago, has been axed following a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund. After the Federation Internationale de Football Association deadline, a player can only be replaced if he seriously injures himself 24 hours before the team's first World Cup match. "I don't think it is possible to go into a World Cup without playing practice".

While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

A groin injuy to Jerome Boateng has left the centre-back in a race against time to be fit for the finals, with defensive options limited beyond regulars Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Cologne's Jonas Hector.

They face Sweden in Sochi six days later before rounding off their Group F campaign against South Korea in Kazan.