Injury blows frustrate Low

Germany coach bemoans selection problems

By Peter Fraser.   Last Updated: 20/08/07 2:35pm

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Germany coach Joachim Low has admitted he is growing increasingly frustrated by the chronic injury problems that have hit his squad.

Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger have recently joined a burgeoning German injury list ahead of Wednesday's Wembley meeting with England and Low is being forced to frantically draft in replacements.

Low has now called up David Odonkor and Gonzalo Castro to his squad in a bid to cover his injury worries, and he has admitted his annoyance.

"It has been like this all week and I have had to make constant back-up plans," said Low.

Before naming his squad Low had learned that Marcell Jansen and Mario Gomez would not be available, while Clemens Fritz was also forced to withdraw from the travelling party on Friday and he was replaced by Christian Pander.

Germany's out of action players already included the likes of Michael Ballack, Torsten Frings, Tim Borowski, Lukas Podolski and Jan Schlaudraff.

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