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Die Mannschaft are set to face Ireland and Sweden without a total of eight squad regulars, with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Miroslav Klose already having been ruled out

Joachim Low has been handed a setback with the news Marco Reus, as well as Lars and Sven Bender, will miss Germany's World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

The Borussia Dortmund attacker suffered a torn ligament during his side's 0-2 loss at Borussia Monchengladbach, while team-mate Sven Bender is struggling with with a muscular problem.

Furthermore, Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender picked up a thigh injury in his team's 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Saturday.

The three players join Marcel Schmelzer, Ilkay Gundogan, Lukas Podolski, Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose on Germany's injury list.

Meanwhile, BVB confirmed on Monday that Jonas Hofmann injured his knee in training, thus ruling himself out for at least 10 days.

One of those to benefit from the unavailability of so many first-team regulars is Hamburg's Heiko Westermann, who could now feature in the qualifying matches against Ireland, on October 11, and Sweden, on October 15.

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