It’s started with Mats Hummels, and now it’s spread.
Hummels, the Borussia Dortmund centre-half, missed the last-16 match with Algeria due to sickness, and now Germany manager Jogi Low have admitted the sickness has spread to seven players, who have largely remained nameless.
Bild, however quote coach Andreas Koepke confirming that midfielder Christoph Kramer has “slight chills”.
Kramer’s absence would be a loss for the Mannschaft after the 23-year-old defensive midfielder for Borussia Monchengladbach was drafted into the side against the Algerians, and his involvement is seen as key in Germany’s wilting squad.
Low told reporters:
Seven players are slightly ill with flu symptoms. It is not that bad at the moment and it could be partly about air conditioning, the travel, temperature differences.
I do not want to make a drama of it. We hope the situation will ease.
The news comes at a terrible time for Germany, just one day before their quarterfinal match with in-form France.