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Schweinsteiger blow for Germany and Bayern

Published: Tuesday 5 October 2010, 9.54CET
Germany will be without influential midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for their upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan because of a foot injury.
Schweinsteiger blow for Germany and Bayern
Bastian Schweinsteiger in discussion with Joachim Löw ©Getty Images
 
Published: Tuesday 5 October 2010, 9.54CET

Schweinsteiger blow for Germany and Bayern

Germany will be without influential midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for their upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan because of a foot injury.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Germany's upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 Group A qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan after tearing ligaments in his right foot.

The midfielder sustained the problem during Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and though he played the full 90 minutes, a scan on Monday revealed the extent of the injury. "It looks like he will be missing for both games," Germany coach Joachim Löw said. "This kind of thing happens after a World Cup. The players only had a short break, a short pre-season, which increases the danger of picking up injuries."

Schweinsteiger has been capped 83 times and shone during Germany's run to the 2010 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. It is unclear how long the 26-year old will be out for, but Bayern will be hoping to have him back in time to face CFR 1907 Cluj in the UEFA Champions League on 19 October. Bayern are already without the injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, Diego Contento, Hamit Altıntop, Breno and David Alaba.

Also out of Friday's match against Turkey in Berlin is Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz through illness. Germany are level at the top of Group A with Turkey with six points from two games and after that game visit Kazakhstan four days later, a trip Grosskreutz could still make.

Last updated: 05/10/10 11.51CET

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