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Joachim Low denies overworking Germany squad

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Joachim Low has dashed claims that he is overworking his players during their pre-World Cup fitness camp in Italy.

The long-standing Germany manager has taken a squad of 27 players to a training facility in northern Italy but has come under criticism following the fragile state of his side.

It is understood that a daily routine of rigorous pre-World Cup training has had negative effects on the Germany squad with less than three weeks until the tournament kicks off in Brazil.

Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender has already had to withdraw from the squad after obtaining a serious thigh injury during training last week, whilst Low has failed to call up a replacement.

This means that three players will now miss out on the tournament, with everyone associated with the team praying that there are no further injuries to come.

There has also been false optimism regarding the fitness of Bayern Munich trio Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger with the inclusion in the World Cup still very much in the air.

Neither player has been able to participate in full training, with reports in Germany suggesting that the trio will lose their fitness battle ahead of the tournament.

However, the 54 year-old who is hoping to guide his Germany side to their first piece of international silverware as a reunited country in Brazil has defended his training methods, whilst also suggesting that his squad are in tip top shape.

He told reporters: “If you follow some reports you would think that we are in a military hospital. This is not true. The majority of players are able to fully train, and are working very well. I am satisfied with our current standing.”

Low, who is preparing for his fourth tournament as Germany manager has also quenched fears regarding the fitness of the key Bayern trio, by stating that they will all play a part in the World Cup.

He said: “They are all going to be fit for the World Cup. Their current injuries are not serious, but short-term injuries.”

There have been calls from outside suggesting that Low should refrain from rushing the influential trio back into training, but the former VfB Stuttgart manager insists that they are showing signs of recovery and should return to the squad next week.

He said: “Lahm should return on Tuesday. His injury has improved a great deal and he has been able to ride a bike.”

“Manuel is going to be working on his own rehabilitation scheme for the next few days, and we are going to decide amongst us in the next few days when Schweinsteiger will be able to join the group.”

Low has also expressed his delight in being able to call upon the services of midfielder Sami Khedira, fresh from his Champions League exploits with Real Madrid, having fully recovered from a knee ligament injury which has kept him out for the majority of the season.

He said: “He is still getting over his injury, but he is already looking physically stronger.”
Low, who has picked a side based on his philosophy of youth and an injection of experience, is still in unsure which three unlucky players will miss out, but has dropped a hint regarding Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, Christoph Kramer.

The 19 year-old seems to have impressed Low and the Germany coaching staff during the past few days in Italy, with the Baden Wurttemberg born manager suggesting that Kramer has already been an excellent inclusion.

He said: “He I strong and highly durable, good in defensive tackles and very good on the ball. He has met my expectations, and he has made a positive impression on me.”

However, nothing appears to be certain when it comes to Low picking his final 23 man squad, with the 54 year-old having already excluded former favourites Mario Gomez and Rene Adler from his provisional squad.

Low will have to make his final decision by the 2nd of June deadline set by FIFA for each country’s final 23 man squad list.

Germany will then play a final World Cup warm-up game against Armenia in Mainz on 6th June before departing for their base camp in Brazil the next day

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