Germany sweat over Lahm blow
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Germany defender Philipp Lahm has suffered an elbow injury in a practice game.
Germany have suffered a World Cup scare with the news that defender Philipp Lahm has suffered an elbow injury.
Jurgen Klinsmann led his side in a practice match against amateur outfit Luckenwalde, which Germany won 7-0, but the run-out could have come at a cost.
Bayern Munich's impressive defender Lahm fell hard on his arm and has now been taken to hospital, with the World Cup finals just weeks away.
Klinsmann has admitted he is not yet sure how serious the injury is, and that he hopes the 22-year-old will be fit enough to turn out in his home country for football's greatest competition.
"We are taking Philipp Lahm to hospital to make sure his elbow is not broken," said Klinsmann.
"We don't know how serious it is yet but hope that he will be able to fly with us tonight to our training camp in Sardinia."
One player who enjoyed the game was shock squad inclusion David Odonkor, as the pacey Borussia Dortmund star looked impressive on his first outing for the national side.
"It was great fun," said Odonkor. "I knew I'd have to step on the gas and show what I can do."