Germany receive injury boost

2014-07-02 17:46
Mats Hummels (AFP)

Santo Andre - Germany's Mats Hummels and Lukas Podolski are fit to face France in Friday's World Cup quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro after recovering from illness and injury respectively.

Both Hummels and Podolski missed Monday's 2-1 win over Algeria in the last 16, but are available to face Les Bleus at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana in the last eight.

"Almost back at 100 percent," Hummels wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday having missed Monday's match with flu.

Left winger Podolski is also set to return having recovered from a thigh strain as both he and Hummels took part in Wednesday's training session.

With 33 appearances and three goals for Germany, including a header in the 4-0 drubbing of Portugal, Hummels should slot straight back in.

He is set to partner Per Mertesacker at centre-back -- his replacement in the starting line-up on Monday Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a torn hamstring.

Podolski will compete with both Andre Schuerrle, who scored in extra time against Algeria, and Mario Goetze for the left wing berth.

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