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Liverpool’s Can suffers injury blow on Germany duty – but it could have been worse

Date Posted,June 23, 2017

Liverpool’s Emre Can is set to miss Germany’s final group game at the Confederations Cup, after picking up an injury in training on Saturday.

The 23-year-old suffered what manager Jogi Low has described as a “minor” problem in Die Mannschaft’s final session, in Sochi, ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Cameroon.

Can hobbled off, withdrawing from the session having gone through little more than the warm up and some short ball drills.

The Reds star was in discomfort on the sidelines, seemingly suffering with a knee problem having got his studs stuck in the turf while attempting to turn and make a challenge.

However, while such incidents have previously seen players suffer serious ligament damage, Low is optimistic that it will not even be the end of his tournament.

Can warming up in Sochi (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
Can attempts to make a challenge on Leon Goretzka (Photo: Bongarts/Getty Images)
Can in discomfort on the bench during a break in training – he then didn’t return (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

“During training, Emre Can has sustained a minor injury,” Low told his pre-match press conference.

“He bent over on the pitch. His boot got stuck in the grass. We will have to see how he feels because he had to break off training.”

Can has impressed in Germany’s two opening matches, emerging as a key man in an experimental squad.

(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Can in action against Chile (Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Germany, who have left many of their big-hitters at home, won their opening game against Australia, before sharing the spoils with Chile.

Low will rotate once more against Cameroon, with Roma defender Antonio Rudiger a confirmed starter, in what is Low’s 150th game in charge of the world champions.

“Three or four changes are possible against Cameroon; seven or eight would be a bit exaggerated,” said Low. “Tony Rudiger will be back in the line-up because Cameroon has very quick players,” Low said.

“He is a strong physical presence and is very quick. He will be able to counter the Cameroon players.

“This will probably be the match with the most legwork and the most taxing match. There is no other squad who likes more to go into the on-on-one situations in the competition.

“Look at the quick transitions they are able to enact and the pace of their attacking players. That is not a mix you often see over the 90 minutes of a match and Cameroon does have that.”

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