Hummels brushes off injury scare

The Germany international centre-back hobbled off the field during Monday's 4-0 victory over Portugal, sparking fears that he could miss the rest of the tournament
Germany defender Mats Hummels has brushed off the injury scare that saw him substituted during his side's 4-0 win over Portugal.

The centre-back scored the second goal of the game with a thumping header after Thomas Muller had given Joachim Low's men the lead. 

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The Bayern Munich star struck a further two times as Germany put 10-man Portugal to the sword following Pepe's red card but Hummels's withdrawal in the second period prompted fears that he could miss the rest of the tournament.

"I have been struck on the thigh," Hummels confirmed to the press after the game. "That's why a replacement came on.

"There's always a worry that the injury could be worse than first thought but, with a bit of luck, I will be fine in just a few days."

Injuries have blighted Germany's build-up to the tournament, with Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger overcoming problems, while Holger Badstuber was ruled out before the competition began.

Ghana will be the next Group G opponents for Low's men on Saturday evening in Fortaleza.