World Cup Roundup: German squad hit with the flu ahead of France quarter-final
- Seven German stars suffering from ‘flu symptoms’ 24 hours before quarter-final
- Soccerlens Tom’s World Cup Quarter Final Predictions
German stars come down with flu ahead of crunch quarter-final against France
The alarm was sounded in the German camp yesterday, with as many as seven players reportedly suffering from flu symptoms, with the World Cup quarter-final against France fast approaching.
Christoph Kramer and Mats Hummels both fell ill last week, with the latter missing the 1-0 last-16 win over Algeria, and an outbreak of flu could play merry hell with manager Joachim Löw’s quarter-final plans.
However, the 54-year-old has played down fears of a crisis, and while he did not disclose the names of the players effected, he did confirm that the full squad trained on Thursday.
“One third of our team were complaining about a sore throat,” Low said. “All players were able to train.
“They still have a slight cold but there’s no feeling of exhaustion. I hope that we do not have any worsening overnight.”
On Hummels’ absence from the last game, Low said: “Sometimes you have little problems and you have to wait for a day to see how that develops. With Mats Hummels, it was at its worst on day three; he had a fever.”
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