Germany Internationals, Julian Draxler and Benedikt Höwedes were involved in a car accident on Tuesday along with racing driver Pascal Wehrlein and Formula One driver, Nico Rosberg.
The incident took place in St. Martin, Italy where Germany are training in preparation for the World Cup next month. Neither of the footballers were harmed nor the drivers, however, two pedestrians were involved and are undergoing medical treatment.
Mercedes-Benz Motorsport released a statement following the accident which claimed that the pedestrians were walking unexpectedly around the German National team enclosure when they were involved in the accident.
Soon after, Nico Rosberg took to Twitter to send a message of support to those involved.
"I am shocked by the accident. My thoughts are with the two people who were injured and I wish them a fast recovery", Rosberg tweeted.
It happened during a driving event provided by the national team’s sponsor, Mercedes Benz, and the two drivers and players were in separate cars during the accident.
Driving has dominated the headlines in the Germany training camp as this follows a report released that Joachim Löw had been banned from driving for six months after receiving too many points on his license.
Löw has consequently cancelled a planned practice match against the under 20s following Tuesday’s event and will instead issue a private training circuit for the team. Although the Schalke 04 duo came away unscathed, there still remains issues for the team as they head into the World Cup with a series of problems.
Manuel Neuer is still yet to start training with the squad in Italy following his shoulder injury at the end of the season and this raises questions whether Roman Weidenfeller will be called into the frame early on in this tournament.
Lars Bender was forced to pack his bags after picking up an injury which forced him out of the squad and Christoph Kramer was called up take his spot. Unfortunately, Kramer will be one of the favourites to be dropped from the squad as Löw looks to make his final decision on his 23 man team by June 2.
Kevin Volland, Matthias Ginter and Erik Durm are also among the candidates to miss the tournament despite the absence of Philipp Lahm or Bastian Schweinsteiger, who have yet to train with the full squad.
Lahm however, is expected to return after suffering with an ankle injury in the DFB Pokal final ten days ago and could return in the warm up match against Armenia on June 6.
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