Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick says national captain Philipp Lahm will not play in defence even if Mats Hummels fails to recover from a thigh problem in time for his side's match with Ghana.
Joachim Low's men began their World Cup campaign with a crushing 4-0 victory over 10-man Portugal last Monday.
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Boateng has been able to train and should be fit to face Ghana on Saturday, but Hummels' inclusion remains in doubt with the Borussia Dortmund man doing individual training in a bid to play.
Should he not make it, one suggestion mooted was to switch Boateng to centre-back and move captain Lahm from his defensive midfield role to full-back.
Assistant coach Flick, however, suggested that was not an option being discussed.
"Philipp Lahm will stay in central midfield even if Mats Hummels is unfit for Saturday," Flick told a press conference. "We have enough alternatives in this position."
On Boateng and Hummels, he added: "Jerome trained normally today, Mats trained individually and is being treated throughout the day.
"We hope that our excellent medical department ensures that Mats is able to play on Saturday."