Klose set to decide
Germany striker Mirsolav Klose will decide himself if he is fit enough to face Uruguay on Saturday.
Last Updated: 09/07/10 9:31pm
Germany striker Mirsolav Klose will decide himself if he is fit enough to face Uruguay in Saturday's World Cup third-place clash.
The striker, who has four goals to his name in the tournament, has been suffering a back injury leaving his participation in doubt.
The 32-year-old has a chance to make history in the game, being just one goal short of Ronaldo's all-time World Cup scoring record of 15 goals following his brace in the quarter-final win over Argentina.
Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick, who stood in at Friday's pre-match news conference while coach Joachim Low is laid low by flu, said it will be up to the striker if he starts.
"It's Miro who will decide if he feels better and if he can start," said Flick.
"He can go down in history if he scores one or two goals. The whole team wants to help him do it."
Like Low, captain Philipp Lahm and striker Lukas Podolski have been suffering from flu and are also in doubt for Saturday's game.
"We will decide in the morning if they will play," said Flick.
The assistant coach added they would be going all out to win the clash.
"Of course, we came to South Africa to be world champions but we want to show in this match what we are capable of. Third place is our minimum target and the match allows us to finish on a positive note," he said.
"We are facing a Uruguayan side who are hard to unsettle but we have shown against England and Argentina that the players are not frightened by this task.
"Despite our defeat to Spain, this World Cup has been a success."