World Cup hopefuls Germany have been deal yet another blow on the injury front in the build-up toward this summer's tournament.
According to a report in Bild, national team coach Joachim Loew will now be without the services of Schalke defender Heiko Westermann in South Africa after the 26-year-old picked up a foot injury.
Westermann sustained the injury in the dying minutes of Germany's 3-0 international friendly win against Hungary on Saturday evening. The defender complained about pain after the game and visited the hospital on Sunday to undergo further examination.
A scan has now revealed that Westermann has fractured a bone in his left foot and will be sidelined for several weeks due to the injury.
The absence of Westermann is yet another blow for Loew ahead of the 2010 World Cup finals. Simon Rolfes, Rene Adler, Michael Ballack and Christian Traesch all will miss this summer's tournament due to injury, too.
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