Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Germany's manager Joachim Loew may be forced to call up a number of relatively unknown players for Germany's upcoming friendly with France on February 29. The German side, who are many pundits' favourites to win Euro 2012, have been hit by a string of high profile injuries recently, which threaten Loew's plans for Poland and Ukraine.

Germany face France in Bremen on February 29 in one of their final preparation matches before Euro 2012 gets under way on June 8. The current high profile injury list does not read well with key men out including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Mario Goetze and Per Mertesacker. Arsenal's Mertesacker is likely to miss Germany's Group B showdowns with Denmark, Holland and Portugal after damaging ankle ligaments that could rule him out of action until the summer.

After facing France, Germany will also play friendlies against Switzerland in Basle on May 26 and against Israel on June 1 in Liepzig.