The nationwide coach Hansi Flick has surprising worries forward of the Nations League match in opposition to Hungary. Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka have been infected with the corona virus – Julian Brandt left with a flu an infection.
Leon Goretzka at the wheel and co-driver Manuel Neuer drove right into a blue SUV from the workforce lodge parking zone. Corona’s incident put a sudden cease to Hansi Flick’s central plans for the World Cup’s essential heat-up in opposition to Hungary and England. The German nationwide soccer workforce will need to have completed in the League of Nations and the nationwide coach centered on profitable the group with out the high performers.
Neuer and Goretzka, who have been nonetheless in the marquee with FC Bayern throughout the workforce’s conventional Oktoberfest go to to Munich’s Theresienwiese on Sunday, needed to depart the DFB quarter in Gravenbruch close to Frankfurt on Wednesday after optimistic coronary tests.
Julian Brandt has to go too
Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is also out – based on the DFB, a flu an infection pressured him off. In fast tests of all the gamers, coaches and supervisors, the end result was optimistic for goalkeeper Neuer and midfielder Goretzka. There was a coronal case in a participant’s personal setting, and with that the medical division of the DFB, led by Professor Tim Meyer, instantly grew to become lively.
The virus has caught up with the DFB entourage once more and simply two months earlier than the begin of the World Cup has returned to consciousness as a supply of hazard that has nearly been suppressed. “Of course, the alarm bells go off as a result of the very first thing you already know is you are out and you possibly can’t assist the workforce,” mentioned Jonas Hofmann from Gladbach. That may also occur at the World Cup in Qatar. Hofmann also missed worldwide matches resulting from a coronary an infection.
Baumann and Arnold named
The 30-yr-outdated wished to speak about World Cup objectives as an alternative of coronary issues two days earlier than the recreation in opposition to league leaders Hungary together with birthday boy Thilo Kehrer (26) and captain Neuer at the DFB press convention . Flick first responded to the new scenario by naming Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann for Neuer. Marc-André ter Stegen ought to now be in purpose in opposition to Hungary on Friday (8.45 pm). An various to the FC Barcelona goalkeeper is Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp. In addition, Wolfsburg midfielder Maximilian Arnold was named on Wednesday.
The corona alarm in the nationwide workforce, which can journey by practice from Frankfurt to the venue Leipzig on Thursday, just isn’t over with the departure of Neuer and Goretzka. “Daily testing” of the Bayern duo’s contact individuals would proceed, the DFB mentioned. So the shaking continues. “After two years with the pandemic, the regular processes in our medical division are coming into play”, reported the nationwide workforce spokesperson Franziska Wülle. Neuer and Goretzka are at the least “symptom-free”, as the 30-yr-outdated mentioned.
Hofmann: “Act shortly and appropriately”
“In normal, perhaps the interplay has performed down a bit, not solely right here, however in normal in on a regular basis life,” mentioned Hofmann, who discovered: “Our medical division acted effectively, shortly and appropriately. We hope that we are going to not have extra circumstances.”
A yr in the past, after a optimistic take a look at from Niklas Süle, varied gamers needed to depart the workforce lodge in Wolfsburg as contact individuals, together with Joshua Kimmich, who was nonetheless unvaccinated at the time. This led to stimulating public debates. Football, the League of Nations and the World Cup took a again seat, at the least for some time.
Flick’s ambition infects the gamers
On the second day of coaching, Flick had two group workouts. The focus was on requirements, ie corners and free kicks, as reported by defender Kehrer after the secret session on the DFB campus. The absence of Neuer and Goretzka impacts Flick’s plans in opposition to Hungary and England, however doesn’t change the purpose of the nationwide coach “to win each video games”. Flick’s ambition infects the gamers. “Hansi units an instance by attempting to win each worldwide recreation, attempting to win the League of Nations,” mentioned Hoffman.
It just isn’t clear which key participant will lead the workforce in opposition to Hungary as Neuer’s substitute captain. Thomas Müller, Ilkay Gündogan and Kimmich are candidates. In any case, he’ll do it with the captain’s armband, which Neuer will also put on as an indication in opposition to discrimination at the World Cup in Qatar. This grace “a coronary heart in vivid colours representing variety and the inscription ‘One Love'”, as introduced by the DFB. “That must be an indication from our aspect”, mentioned Hoffman.