Germany's Mesut Ozil is feigning injury to miss Euro 2012 qualifying clash in Istanbul, Turkish media claim

Reports suggest the Real Madrid man is trying to avoid pressure-cooker match, although the player and Joachim Low have quickly denied such rumours
Reports in Turkey on Friday have suggested Mesut Ozil is exaggerating the severity of his ankle injury in order to miss Germany's Euro 2012 qualifier in Istanbul.

The 'Radikal' newspaper claims Ozil is making excuses over a knock he picked up in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Espanyol in La Liga last weekend, in an attempt to avoid playing against his family's native country.

Coach Joachim Low countered claims the playmaker was eager to miss the game in an attempt to avoid a hostile reception on the pitch.

"To the contrary, Mesut already told me two weeks ago that he wanted to play [against Turkey]. But even then he had Achilles tendon problems," he told the press.

Ozil said he was hoping to play through the pain barrier just so he could show himself against the Turkish side.

"I am not fit and I am still in some pain, but I hope I can play in any case," said the Real Madrid midfielder.

In the first game between these two teams last year, in which Germany won 3-0, Ozil was jeered by some of the Turkey fans in Berlin.

However, Low insists the player will be able to cope if he features during the 90 minutes.

"Mesut can handle the situation. The pressure was greater last year and he has played well since then," concluded the coach.

Meanwhile, Low is expected to juggle his stars as he has a number of injury concerns ahead of the game.

Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez are back in contention and could start after recovering from knocks.

Khedira will replace Toni Kroos, who is sidelined with influenza. Gomez will start in place of Miroslav Klose, who is nursing a bruised knee.

Germany are 10 points above Turkey in Group A and have already secured qualification for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.