Lars out of Germany squad

Germany midfielder Lars Bender. Photograph: AFP
Germany midfielder Lars Bender. Photograph: AFP
Cape Town - Germany midfielder Lars Bender has been ruled out of next month's World Cup in Brazil with a thigh injury, the team said on Friday.

Two days after Germany started their preparations with a training camp in northern Italy, the Bayer Leverkusen player had to pull out of the 27-man provisional squad, Germany said in a brief statement.

The three-time World Cup winners have been drawn in Group G along with Portugal, United States and Ghana.
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