Arsenal's Mesut Ozil recovers from back problem to play for Germany against Azerbaijan

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil overcame a back problem to appear for Germany in their World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan.

Ozil came on as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win, ahead of the Gunners crucial Premier League clash with Manchester City live on Sky Sports 1 HD next weekend.

The midfielder had missed the midweek friendly win over England and continued to present a doubt after missing Friday's training session with back complaints.

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Germany's assistant coach Michael Sorg confirmed the 28-year-old was in contention to start the Group C clash - also live on Sky Sports - but boss Joachim Low chose to name him among the substitutes.

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"At the final training session in Baku, all 21 players were there, ready to play and Mesut Ozil could train without discomfort," Sorg said before the game.

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Ozil has not played for Arsenal since their FA Cup victory over Lincoln on March 11 because of hamstring problems, missing the 3-1 defeat to West Brom last time out.

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