Low remains anxious over Schweinsteiger and Klose fitness

The experienced duo are struggling to recover full fitness but there is better news concerning Bayern Munich stars Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer
Germany coach Joachim Low remains concerned over the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose heading into the World Cup.

Head coach Low named both players on the substitutes bench for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Cameroon in Monchengladbach.

However, Low took the decision not to the risk their participation due to a limited amount of time on the training field, raising concerns over whether they will all be fit for the World Cup that starts later this month.

Both players have been included in Low's final 23-man squad for the finals, but Marcel Schmelzer - who has also struggled for full fitness - has been omitted from the set-up.

Explaining their absence, Low said: "Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcel Schmelzer have trained twice today (Sunday). And that was arranged because yesterday they trained only once with the team.

"For this game it was too early for them because it is important to go into hard tackles before such a game.

"And in relation to Miroslav Klose, I've spoken to him in the morning and I could see that, because of his intensive training program, he fell into a sort of limbo.

"Because of that the risk was too high to let him play against Cameroon. And he even said that he thinks that he needs a few more training sessions during the next couple of weeks to get really fit.

"He is good at rating himself and so I made the decision to go into the game without him."

Bayern Munich duo Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer failed to even make the bench - the former has an ankle injury, while the latter has a shoulder problem.

But Low has no fears over the duo, stating: "Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer both trained in Munich and will train (on Monday) as well as Schweinsteiger and Schmelzer. They are fully fit and have no problems concerning any injuries."