German tactician has a selection headache ahead of Euro qualifier against Azerbaijan as a number of first-teamers are absent through injury
Following their 2-1 victory in Vienna on Friday, the Germans flew to Baku without eight squad members, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira. So many players have withdrawn that Low was forced to call up uncapped Hoffenheim starlet Sebastian Rudy as a second holding midfield option alongside Toni Kroos. Additionally, Schalke man Lewis Holtby joined the DFB squad to provide depth.
"Since we met up, eight players have now dropped out with injury," the trainer told reporters.
"The situation as it is doesn't concern me, I think we are in a decent position to play this game, even under these circumstances."
The match will be the last of the season for the World Cup semi-finalists, and a win will give them a 10 point lead at the top of Group A.
"We must pull out all the stops and lift ourselves again after a long journey," said Low.
"Then we can go into a well-deserved vacation with 21 points."
A German victory will all but seal their place in Poland/Ukraine at Euro 2012 next year.
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