The Germany front line took another hit ahead of their “Round of 16″ match up against Algeria. They’ll be without forward Lukas Podolski for the match while he recovers from a leg injury.
From FOX Sports:
Germany forward Lukas Podolski will miss the World Cup second-round match against Algeria on Monday in Porto Alegre because of a leg injury.
Germany coach Joachim Loew withheld details about the injury, not giving anything away. He down played the seriousness of the injury but did say that it required two to three days of rest.
Loew said it would be a ”big risk” to let Podolski play and possibly worsen the injury but that he will be available for later games ”if we manage to advance.”
Germany would be heavy favorites against Algeria with or without Podolski, so they’ll likely won’t be too worried. It will be interesting to see if Loew changes the formation to compensate for his absence or if just plugs in another German forward, like Miroslav Klose.
Klose has been primarily a “super-substitute” this tournament, coming in to the games in the second half to spark their offense. Klose has one goal so far in the tournament and is tied for the all-time scoring title at the World Cup with 15 goals.