Key duo fit for Germany
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose have been given the thumbs up to play Italy.
Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose have been given the thumbs up for Germany's World Cup semi-final with Italy.
Both players picked up minor injuries during the hosts' quarter final victory over Argentina on Friday.
Ballack was suffering from cramp, while Klose injured his calf after a collision with Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri.
But Germany's assistant coach Joachim Low delivered an upbeat bulletin on the duo and expects the players to be fit to tackle Italy in Dortmund.
"They can both play on Tuesday," said Low.
"They are getting daily treatment and the next few days will be a case of recuperation for them."
Low also praised the effort captain Ballack and the World Cup's top scorer Klose put in against the Argentines.
He added: "They both ran an incredible amount in that game.
"We have been working intensively for six weeks and the match used up a lot of our energy."