German coach Joachim Loew is another coach facing the possiblity of having to pick a team that holds none of his star players.
Loew’s first-choice goalkeeper, Rene Adler, may be out for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen broke his rib in training. It’s unclear if he’ll be fit and ready for the tournament.
At the same time, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes, 28, feels his World Cup dream is fading. Rolfes had a procedure to remove cartilage from his knee, and has been off the field since January.
“Most likely, the World Cup is out of my reach,” he said.
“I have not given up hope and I am in contact with Joachim Loew but I don’t think I will be there, which is a pity.”
To top off the injuries, 33-year old Chelsea midfielder and German captain, Michael Ballack, has a reccuring problem that has seen his field time cut down considerably. He has an injury to his Achilles tendon, which he has previously had surgery on.
Loew will announce his team May 6th.