The German Football Federation have announced that midfielder Toni Kroos will not be available for their three upcoming World Cup qualifiers against due to an injury.
Kroos was forced to leave the training camp with a muscle injury on his groin and will return to Madrid.
“Toni Kroos is not available to the German national team for the three upcoming World Cup qualifiers on Thursday against Iceland, on Sunday in Romania and on March 31 against North Macedonia and will return to Spain,” The DFB announced in a statement.
The Real Madrid midfielder had already went to the national team’s quarters in Dusseldorf with adductor problems, which have proven to be so serious that they make it impossible to play.
“Our medical department has examined and treated Toni intensively. He would have liked to stay with us, and I am reluctant to do without him. With a view to the European Championship tournament in the summer, we have decided that a full recovery from this injury now has priority must,” said national coach Joachim Loew.
The extent of Kroos’ injury is unknown at the moment. The midfielder will have two weeks to rest and try to recover in time for Real Madrid’s next games, although the club will likely take a cautious approach so that he’s 100% ready to face Liverpool and Barcelona.
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