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Heiko Westermann Ruled Out Of World Cup

Westermann Ruled Out Of World Cup With Foot Injury.

Heiko Westermann suffered a broken bone in his foot during Germany’s recent friendly with Hungary. The injury will rule the versatile defender out for weeks. Westermann’s injury comes on the back of injuries to key players in the Nationalelf team, like Simon Rolfes, Christian Traesch, Michael Ballack, and Rene Adler.

Westermann’s presence will be missed in South Africa this summer, especially because of his versatility. Westermann, who can play anywhere along the backline, can also slot into the defensive midfield position, where the Germans are so light after injuries to Simon Rolfes and Michael Ballack.

Now, it is up to Joachim Low to call up a replacement for the injured Westermann. Could the return of Torsten Frings be around the corner?

Frings, who has had a falling out with national coach Joachim Low, would have been the perfect man to replace the injured Michael Ballack. Now, with really only two holding midfielders in the squad, Schweinsteiger and Khedira, Frings’ leadership and ability to play that role would be a blessing a German side falling victim to a very untimely injury crisis.

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  1. Zach

    May 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Hmmm, who do u think will replace Westermann on the defence? And is Lahm likely to play on the right side, while Badstuber moves into the left back position?

    • Dylan Thomas

      June 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      I think we might see Serdar Tasci get called up, Joachim Low seems to like him despite all the controversy in the press.

      I’d rather he called up a proper defensive midfielder, because he has a lot of versatility with his defensive players. Badstuber can even play center half, and Lahm can play either side.

      I think we will see Lahm playing right, and Badstuber left. It worked for Munich, it should work for Germany.

  2. vermaelen5

    May 31, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for bringing this site back, Dylan!

    • dylan thomas

      May 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

      It’s going to be like this throughout the world cup and into the next Bundesliga season, so stay tuned! Let The Gaffer know you like it.

  3. Dylan Thomas

    May 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    we’re back in business, mate!

  4. Shane

    May 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Dang, you guys are updating frequently now. Sweet. I had almost given up hope on this place!

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