Mesut Özil out for 12 weeks with knee injury

2014-10-08 17:13

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Berlin – Mesut Özil will miss Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Saturday and faces up to 12 weeks out with a knee injury, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed.

The 25-year-old Arsenal star complained of pain in his left knee and was flown to Munich this morning to be treated by the DFB’s doctor, who diagnosed a partial tear of the left cruciate knee ligament.

Özil will miss the Group D qualifiers in Warsaw and against the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen next Tuesday.

He also misses a qualifier against minnows Gibraltar in Nuremberg on November 14, plus a friendly against European champions Spain on November 18.

Özil is also added to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s mounting injury list and will miss the rest of the Gunners’ Champions League group stage matches, including the key Group D showdown at home to Borussia Dortmund on November 26.

Germany coach Joachim Loew is already missing several stars for the trip to Warsaw with captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Benedikt Höwedes, Marco Reus and Mario Gomez all injured while midfielder Julian Draxler has the flu.

Chelsea forward André Schürrle also missed training on Wednesday with a muscular problem, but is expected to be fit.

“Things look good for Andre, he received some treatment on Tuesday, so it’s normal that he sat out training the day after,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

Draxler, of Schalke, is expected to join the squad once he recovers from illness.

Even without Özil, Loew has targeted six points from their games against Poland and Ireland to give the Germans control of Group D after they beat Scotland 2-1 in their opening match.

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