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Boateng injury risk too high, says Low

5:20 am AEST 22/6/16
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The Germany coach explained his decision to sub his key defender against Northern Ireland, though he expects him to return in the round of 16

Joachim Low expects Jerome Boateng to play in Germany's last-16 clash at Euro 2016 despite the defender being brought off through injury against Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Mario Gomez scored the only goal of the game at  Parc des Princes as Germany ran out 1-0 winners to seal top spot in Group C.

A black mark occured when Boateng had to be replaced by Benedikt Howedes 14 minutes from time due to a calf injury to the former.

Nevertheless, Low anticipates the Bayern Munich player will be available for selection at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday when Germany will face Albania or Slovakia.

"At half-time, Jerome had a problem in his leg. This was not better in the second half so it was better that there would be a substitution," Low said at his post-match press conference.

"The risk was too high. If something happens in the calf this means two or three weeks pause for him and I did not want to take that risk.

"Most of all because Northern Ireland was not too dangerous in their attacks.

"I think we have substituted him early enough and I presume that he will play in the next game."