Seven German Players Suffer Flu Scare

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  • Seven Germany players have reportedly been suffering from a bout of flu ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday.

    Germany will face France on Friday after topping Group G and then disposing of Algeria 2-1 in extra time of their second round clash, thanks to goals from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil to make it to the last eight.

    It was been confirmed however that up to seven of Germany's players have been suffering from flu-like symptoms prior to their quarter-final match against the French in Rio de Janeiro.

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    Germany coach Joachim Low did not reveal the names of the players affected, adding that the symptoms have not created a feeling of exhaustion in training.

    "One third of our team were complaining about a sore throat," he said. "All players were able to train. They still have a slight cold, but there's no feeling of exhaustion. I hope that we do not have any worsening overnight."

    Low was quoted telling Germany's ARD radio."Seven players have somehow come down with slight cases of the flu. As a result, it's too early to make any final decisions about the line-up."

    Defender Mats Hummels, who scored against Portugal in the group stages for Germany during their 4-0 win, is likely to return for the quarter-final match alongside Per Mertesacker in defence. "Almost back at 100 per cent", Hummels wrote on Twitter, having missed Monday's match with flu.

    Left winger Lukas Podolski is also set to be fit to return having recovered from thigh strain against the USA, while defender Jerome Boateng has recovered from a knee injury.

    Thomas Muller meanwhile is one goal away from being the joint top goalscorer of the World Cup, and the 2010 Golden Boot winner is 6/1 to score first with Ladbrokes against France.

    Les Blues meanwhile will also have defender Mamadou Sakho back from injury, although Laurent Koscielny was imperious against Nigeria. Striker Karim Benzema meanwhile is 6/1 to score first with BetVictor having scored three goals in the 2014 World Cup so far.

    Read our quarter-final preview of Germany v France which begins at 5pm on Friday 4 July, and you can watch the match live on BBC1. You can compare all the best World Cup betting odds right here.

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