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Germany İ. Gündoğan (Pen. 11), D. Kaufmann (20), L. Sané (22), M. Reus (23), L. Sané (49), T. Müller (76), R. Baku (80), T. Müller (86), M. Göppel (89)
Liechtenstein J. Hofer (9)

Germany boss confirms absentees after COVID-19 outbreak

By Rune Gjerulff

At a press conference on Tuesday, Germany boss Oliver Bierhoff spoke on the COVID-19 outbreak that has hit the Germany squad.

Oliver Bierhoff.
Oliver Bierhoff.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has confirmed reports that Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala and Karim Adeyemi will miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Armenia.

The five players have been forced to travel home after Süle tested positive for COVID-19. Despite testing negative, Kimmich, Gnabry and Musiala and Adeyemi have had to leave the camp as they have been classified as category 1 contacts.

"It had to be expected, we knew what was coming. We just have to accept it and will deal with it responsibly," Bierhoff told reporters.

"We still have a strong squad with top players and want to switch our focus now to the upcoming games so that we can have a successful end to the year."

It was further revealed that four other players are in quarantine at the team hotel at the moment.

"After detailed contact tracing of the positive player, four players have been quarantined. A further four are allowed to remain here separate from the team and will be tested again in the coming days," said team doctor Tim Meyer, who was sitting alongside Bierhoff at the press conference.

"I can't say which players have been vaccinated. These are things that are subject to legal confidentiality. Lack of vaccinations is a reason for quarantine, but the duration of contact is a criterion as well."

AS Monaco forward Kevin Volland and Wolfsburg duo Maximilian Arnold and Ridle Baku have been nominated to replace the five absentees.

Yesterday, Jonathan Tah was called up to replace Florian Wirtz, who is out injured. Germany will also be without Nico Schlotterbeck due to a muscle injury, meaning a total of seven players have withdrawn from the initial squad.

1Manuel Neuer (C)
18Jonas Hofmann ↩46
5Thilo Kehrer ↩72
2Antonio Rüdiger
3Christian Günter
8Leon Goretzka ↩46
21İlkay Gündoğan ↩64
6Ridle Baku
11Marco Reus
19Leroy Sané ↩64
13Thomas Müller
12Bernd Leno
22Kevin Trapp
9Kevin Volland ↪64
16Lukas Nmecha ↪46
23Julian Brandt
4Matthias Ginter ↪72
15Jonathan Tah
20David Raum
7Julian Draxler
14Maximilian Arnold ↪64
17Florian Neuhaus ↪46
1Benjamin Büchel
20Sandro Wolfinger ↩83
6Andreas Malin
4D. Kaufmann
23Jens Hofer
3Maximilian Göppel
8Aron Sele ↩84
17Noah Frommelt
18Nicolas Hasler (C)
11Dennis Salanović ↩69
7Yanik Frick ↩29
12Armando Majer
21Lorenzo Lo Russo
9Rıdvan Kardeşoğlu
10Noah Frick
2D. Brändle ↪83
5R. Grünenfelder ↪69
15Seyhan Yıldız
19Roman Spirig
13M. Büchel ↪84
14L. Meier ↪69
16F. Wolfinger ↪29 ↩69
22Nicola Kollmann

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