Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

Virginia Carson
May 15, 2018

After the Federation Internationale de Football Association deadline, a player can only be replaced if he seriously injures himself 24 hours before the team's first World Cup match. However, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp, reports Xinhua news agency.

Joachim Low has extended his stay as Germany head coach and named Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in his provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

He took charge following that tournament in 2006 and went on to lead Germany to the final of Euro 2008, where they lost to Spain.

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Freiburg striker Nils Petersen earned his first call-up to the national team, ensuring his place in the squad ahead of Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner.

There are seven Bayern representatives in Low's initial squad, including Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Sebastian Rudy and Joshua Kimmich, but four players will have to be cut when the coach names his final 23.

The 32-year-old could make a high-profile return in Bayern's DFB-Pokal showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, while Germany have scheduled pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Saudi Arabia.

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The buildup to the squad announcement was overshadowed by photos of midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan presenting jerseys to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London at the weekend.

Midfielder Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina four years ago, has had a lacklustre season with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Both know that they made a mistake.

Die Mannschaft will take on Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in an intriguing looking Group F in Russian Federation.

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