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World Cup Roundup: German squad hit with the flu ahead of France quarter-final

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  • Seven German stars suffering from ‘flu symptoms’ 24 hours before quarter-final
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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.

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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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Argentina 2-1 Belgium

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Netherlands 3-0 Costa Rica

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One Comment to World Cup Roundup: German squad hit with the flu ahead of France quarter-final

  1. I’m a soccer/football fan in America who is disgusted by the players’ theatrics whenever they are hit by their opponents. I’ve watched American football players pick themselves up from the turf without complaint for many years. When an American football player doesn’t get up it is often an end of his day, or game, or season or career. FIFA football must find a way to eliminate or, at least penalize, the histrionics. Otherwise it’s not sport but drama which will degrade the character of the athlete, the fan and the youth who model themselves on these men and women.