Low reveals Schweinsteiger fitness boost

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The former national team assistant coach has indicated that the World Cup winner may be fit for the Euro 2016 qualifying match on Sunday

Joachim Low has revealed that Germany and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has handed the World Cup winners a late fitness boost and could be available for the match with Georgia.

Low is not planning on making any changes to his starting line-up, but the former Bayern Munich player could be available after a late training session. 

"Bastian Schweinsteiger will take part in the final training session and then we will decide on his availability," the German head coach told a media conference.

The world champions were expected to secure their spot in France next year on Wednesday without Schweinsteiger, only to suffer a shock 1-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland - a game characterised by a host of missed chances from Low's men.

A draw will still be enough against Georgia in Leipzig and Low is not anticipating any slip-ups this time.

"We need to improve the efficiency of our work," he told a press conference on Saturday. 

"Currently we are not as deadly to our opponents as we have been previously. The players need to understand that when an opportunity comes their way it may be the last one they get in the game.

"We need to sharpen our focus.

"But despite the defeat against Ireland we are on the top of the table and everything lies in our own hands.

"I am convinced our approach is the right way. Apart from one situation [against Ireland] we did everything well. We just failed to capitalise on our many chances."

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is optimistic Germany will get the job done at the Red Bull Arena.

"We are confident. Of course we did not feel great after the Ireland defeat but we know how we can play. We know as well we will beat Georgia," said the Bayern Munich stopper.

 

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