Neuer out of Germany friendly

The shot-stopper will not be risked in Wednesday’s friendly, while Holger Badstuber and Ilkay Gundogan are both expected to feature from the start

Germany coach Joachim Low will have to make do without the services of Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the international friendly against Australia due to injury.

The 28-year-old featured for the full 90 minutes in his side’s 2-0 Bundesliga defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend, but complained about pain in his knee after the game and will consequently be rested.

“Manuel is suffering from an inflammation to his knee and will not play against Australia,” Low said at a press conference.

“He will be sidelined for two days and resume training on Thursday. I think he will be ready in time for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia, but we will not take any risks.”

Low then went on to reveal that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Bayern defender Holger Badstuber – both of whom returned to the Germany squad after a lengthy absence due to injury – are likely to start versus Australia.

“Players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Badstuber and Gundogan are all back.

“We have some extra options again. Badstuber and Gundogan will probably start.”

Gundogan, meanwhile, was able to delight at being back in the Germany team after his injury problems.

“What touches you the most after suffering an injury for so much time, is the fact that you really appreciate your health afterwards when you have recovered,” the BVB man said.

“You appreciate that you spend a day without suffering. For a long time, I already felt pain when I woke up in the morning. If I compared it to now, I feel reborn, I am a whole other man. 

“So these are the little things that make you enjoy your life so much more, also besides football. 

“Right now, I have no problems on the pitch and I hope it will stay like this. But I also enjoy my social life so much more than before.”

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