Hummels fit to face South Korea in decider
Mats Hummels (Getty)
Vatutinki - Mats Hummels is fit to return for Germany in
Wednesday's make-or-break Soccer World Cup clash against South Korea while
midfielder Sebastian Rudy is set to miss out with a broken nose.
Rudy had a minor operation on Sunday after the defensive
midfielder broke his nose in Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 group stage win over
Sweden, which gave Germany renewed hope of progress.
Centre-back Hummels is back in training after a neck injury
kept him out of the win against Sweden and is expected to face the South
Koreans in Kazan.
"Sebastian has had an operation and we are considering
whether he will wear a mask, but we are assuming he won't play," said
Germany assistant coach Marcus Sorg on Monday.
"Mats is fully fit again and will be available on
Germany, who lost their opener in Russia to Mexico, need to
beat South Korea by a two-goal margin to be sure of reaching the last 16.
Both Germany and Sweden have three points in Group F, while
Mexico have six. South Korea are winless after defeats in their opening two
Joachim Loew's team are fighting to avoid becoming the first
German side to exit a World Cup at the first-round stage since 1938.