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Germany’s injury woes continue; Lars Bender out of World Cup squad

May 23, 2014, 9:11 AM EDT

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Germany, tipped as one of the “not-quite-a-favorite” yet “definitely-not-a-dark-horse” teams for Brazil 2014, are starting to slide down into “well, maybe they’ll make it past the Round of 16”.

Which is good news for fans of the U.S.A., but not so great for, say, Germany.

Joachim Löw, already dealing with a host of injuries plaguing his squad, confirmed today that Lars Bender won’t be making the trip to Brazil. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder picked up an injury in training and has been ruled out of the World Cup.

The 25-year-old is just the latest addition to Löw’s woes. Mario Gómez and İlkay Gündoğan were left off the 30-man preliminary roster after having their seasons shortened by injury. Sami Khedira missed the majority of Real Madrid’s season after tearing his ACL last year. Veteran Miroslav Klose, who could set a record for most appearances for Germany, has yet to train with the squad.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is nursing a knee injury, which kept him out of Bayern Munich’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in last weekend’s German Cup final. Dortmund defender Mats Hummels managed to play in the final, but is on medication for a foot injury, and missed quite a few matches this season with various knocks.

As if that weren’t enough, captain Philipp Lahm injured his ankle Bayern’s final match. Teammate Manuel Neuer, Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper, also picked up a knock, hurting his shoulder in the cup final. The two have yet to arrive at training, although it’s believed that both will be ready by the time matches start in Brazil.

Germany, who made it to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup, are included in Group G. Their first round opponents are Portugal, Ghana and the United States – none of whom will be shedding tears over the knocks their strongest competitor has taken.

  1. Kyle Bonn - May 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I would actually argue the Germans coming into the World Cup at less than full strength hurts the United States. The way I see it, our best shot at making it out of the Group is having Germany demolish Portugal and Ghana, giving us a chance to snatch second place with a few results, and also facing Germany in the final group match with them having already wrapped up the group. Germany annihilating Group G is good for us.

    • chunkala - May 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      I fear you may be right.

    • sa371916 - May 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Completely agree. One of the only ways I see the US advancing is something like
      (a) GER 3 v POR 0 | USA 2 v GHA 0
      (b) GER 3 v GHA 0 | USA 1 v POR 1
      (c) GER 2 v USA 1 | POR 3 v GHA 0

      Germany 9 pts, USA 4 pts +1 GD, Portugal 4 pts 0 GD. USA advances on goal difference.

  2. herogoesallin - May 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    kyle bonn goes after another writer… and the other writer is a woman… kyle bonn’s post about the bundesliga are so bad, he should STFU

    • Kirsten Schlewitz - May 23, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Not sure what my gender has to do with anything. Kyle didn’t “go after” me, he simply stated a differing opinion, one that’s wise to consider.

      • lyleoross - May 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        That said, I’m finding it hard to believe that any group of real professionals, just because they got crushed by Germany, would roll over for the U.S. We’ve been hearing this theory for some time, and I don’t buy it. If Portugal got snuffed by Germany, to get out of Group, they would have to beat the U.S., and they are going to lie down? Someone needs to explain to me how that happens.

      • sa371916 - May 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        lyleoross, the idea is not that Portugal would lie down for the US, it is that Germany would(ish). The hope, perhaps optimistic, is that we are good enough to draw with Protugal and that would leave us and Portugal with 4 points (assuming we both beat Ghana which is certainly not a given) leaving it to goal difference. The hope would be that a Germany with everything to play for would beat Portugal by more than a Germany with nothing to play for would beat us.

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