Football: Podolski ruled out of Algeria clash

Football: Podolski ruled out of Algeria clash
Germany's forward Lukas Podolski (L) and US midfielder Graham Zusi vie for the ball during a Group G football match between US and Germany at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014.

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Germany forward Lukas Podolski has been ruled out of Monday's World Cup last 16 clash against Algeria in Porto Alegre with a thigh injury.

The 29-year-old Arsenal star - who is at his third World Cup finals - suffered the injury in Germany's 1-0 win over the USA on Thursday in their final group stage match and an MRI scan on Saturday revealed a small tear.

"Lukas must rest for two or three days, but should we progress in the tournament it won't be a problem for him to play," said Germany coach Joachim Loew.

With Podolski out, Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze is set to take his place on the left wing.

Germany's right-back Jerome Boateng also missed training on Saturday with a knee irritation, but Loew said it will be "no problem" for the Bayern Munich defender to play.

 

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