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Germany are believed to have been forced into making several changes to their starting line-up for the World Cup 2010 third place play-off against Uruguay.

According to German newspaper Bild, injuries and illness have ruled out their inspirational captain Philip Lahm, top goalscorer Miroslav Klose and forward Lukas Podolski from Joachim Loew's selection.

Klose, who has four goals in South Africa, is said to be suffering from a back injury, while Lahm and Podolski are both suffering from a bout of flu that is going around the German camp.

It is thought Cacau will replace Klose in spearheading the Germans attack, with Jerome Boateng filling in on the right side of defence for his injured skipper. Dennis Agogo is believed to be replacing Podolski.

Further changers to Loew's side, who lost to European Champions Spain in the semi-final, see Hans-Jorg Butt starting between the posts ahead of Manuel Neuer.

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