Germany hit by illness ahead of France clash

first_img Germany: Neuer; Hummels, Boateng, Mertesacker, Howedes; Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Götze. CEST Germany’s preparations for their clash with France in the World Cup quarter-final have been hit by illness.  03/07/2014 By contrast, France should have Mamadou Sakho back from injury and he could step in for Laurent Koscielny.  Manager Jurgen Klopp wanted to play things down. He said: “It’s not that bad at the moment. I don’t want to over-dramatise it.” One other change Didier Deschamps is considering making is bringing back Antoine Griezmann into the starting line-up, at the expense of Olivier Giroud. “It’s understandable that the guys get a bit under the weather, and that it starts to spread.” Thomas Muller has also shown symptoms of flu.  France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Matuidi, Cabaye; Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezman.center_img Mats Hummels missed the game against Algeria while Cristoph Kramer had to skip a day of training. Sport EN Seven of the squad are said to be suffering from flu. Against Nigeria France looked a lot better when the Arsenal striker went off for the Sociedad wide man, with Karim Benzema moving into the middle. Possible teams Low said: “We’re constantly having to travel between different climate zones.  Upd. at 20:13 Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina).last_img