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Germany give Schweinsteiger time off

Published: Friday 20 May 2011, 15.43CET
Germany will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger for qualifiers against Austria and Azerbaijan after the FC Bayern München midfielder was given time off to recover from a broken toe.
Germany give Schweinsteiger time off
Bastian Schweinsteiger needs time to recover from a fractured toe ©Getty Images
 
Published: Friday 20 May 2011, 15.43CET

Germany give Schweinsteiger time off

Germany will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger for qualifiers against Austria and Azerbaijan after the FC Bayern München midfielder was given time off to recover from a broken toe.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Germany's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Austria and Azerbaijan next month due to a fractured toe, while Marcel Schmelzer is also an injury doubt.

The 26-year-old Schweinsteiger will not be available for the 29 May friendly against Uruguay or the Group A meetings with Austria on 3 June and Azerbaijan four days later as he bids to recover from fracturing the middle toe on his right foot in FC Bayern München's 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on 23 April.

The 87-times capped international elected to play through the pain as he helped Bayern secure third place in the Bundesliga and a berth in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League play-offs. A spokesman for the Bavarian club said: "We did not publicise the injury as we were too worried someone would then step on Bastian's foot." Schweinsteiger's injury will now be given a chance to heal.

Borussia Dortmund left-back Schmelzer, meanwhile, is hoping to recover in time for the Uruguay game despite being ruled out for five or six days with torn fibres in a hip muscle. The 23-year-old is the only player to have featured in every minute of Dortmund's title-winning season. Germany have won all five of their Group A games so far.

Last updated: 20/05/11 16.06CET

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