Mats Hummels admits he faces a race to prove fitness for Germany ahead of Euros
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 30/05/16 4:31pm
Germany defender Mats Hummels has raised doubts about his participation at the upcoming European Championship after admitting it would be a "long time" before he returns to full fitness.
Hummels was expected to start in the centre of defence for Die Mannschaft in France this summer but suffered a torn calf muscle while playing for Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 21.
The 27 year-old, who has won 42 caps for Germany, has not trained with the national side in the run up to this summer's tournament and missed the 3-1 friendly defeat to Slovakia in Augsburg on Sunday.
However, while Hummels admits he will not be fit in time for Germany's opening Group C match against Ukraine in Lille on June 11, he does still hope to play a role for his country in France this summer.
"It's going to take a while until I can kick a ball again," said Hummels, who was targeting Germany's second group match against Poland on June 15 as a possible return date.
"First of all, I need to be 100 percent fit. We'll have to see which game I can aim for. Perhaps it won't be ready, or maybe even for the second.
"You probably won't see me train with the team in Ascona at all."
Germany face Hungary in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday in their final warm-up match for the Euros.
Joachin Low may also be without Hummels' club team mate, Marco Reus, who remains a doubt for the game after struggling with a groin injury.