Friday, June 25, 2010

Germany hopes Schweinsteiger will be fit for England clash

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng face a race to be fit for Sunday's World Cup Round of 16 clash with old rivals England.

Midfielder Schweinsteiger limped off with a hamstring injury in the 81st minute of Germany's 1-0 win over Ghana on Wednesday night which booked their place in the last 16 where they will face England in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Defender Boateng came with a calf strain in the 73rd minute, but Germany's assistant coach Hansi Flick said the pair are receiving intensive treatment and there is optimism they will be fit to face Fabio Capello's side.

"Jerome has a calf strain while Schweinsteiger has a hamstring strain, it might be difficult for them to be in the starting line-up," said Flick at the German team base on Thursday. "We are relatively optimistic Bastian will be fit. The team doctor says the recovery time is relatively short, so we are hopeful he will be able to be fit, because he has become a key player for us."

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