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Ozil doubtful for World Cup

Mesut Ozil training with his Germany teammates Mesut Ozil expected to be fit for Germany's World Cup campaign
Cary Erickson | 11 June, 2018, 04:14

"It's nothing dramatic, we just don't want to take any risk and he was able to sprint in training".

This has led to his omission from their upcoming friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen but officials are downplaying the severity stressing it's only a precautionary measure and that his World Cup dreams aren't under any serious threat.

The midfielder ended the season with a back injury, but a new complaint on his knee has seen the 29-year-old forced to miss out on training for the last four days. Die Mannschaft get their World Cup campaign underway against Mexico on June 17 before face Sweden on June 23 followed by South Korea on June 27.

Germany host Saudi Arabia here on Friday.

Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng could play his first game since suffering a groin injury in April, "we assume that Jerome is now 100 % fit", said Bierhoff, but a final decision has not been taken. Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger will step in for Boateng if needed.

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"We want to perform well and do better, something we did not do well last time (against Austria)", left-back Hector said.

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Joachim Loew's men maintained their pole position after the latest round of worldwide fixtures, while the rest of the top seven remained unchanged from last month's rankings - Brazil (2nd), Belgium (3rd), Portugal (4th), Argentina (5th), Switzerland (6th) and France (7th).

Colongne defender Jonas Hector is confident the players can produce the required display as part of final preparations before leaving their Italian training base at Eppan and heading to Russian Federation, where Germany will be the top nation in FIFA's latest rankings.