Already reeling from the news that Michael Ballack will miss the forthcoming World Cup finals, Germany have suffered another blow with the news that Stuttgart midfielder Christian Trasch is also likely to miss out.
Germany played a warm up game against Italian minnows FC Sudtirol earlier this evening during which Trasch had to be replaced after picking up knock to his right ankle.
The exact extent of the injury is not known at this stage but according to Goal.com Germany, German FA officials confirmed that the 22-year-old is expected to be unable to train for a period of about two weeks, which would virtually ensure that he plays no part at the finals in South Africa.
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