Ter Stegen, Ginter back in Germany squad for WCup qualifiers

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter have returned to the Germany squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen(in pic) and Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter have returned to the Germany squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.   -  AP

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter have returned to the Germany squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Germany coach Hansi Flick included the duo Friday when he named his second squad for the games against Romania on October 8 and North Macedonia in Skopje three days later.

Ter Stegen hasn’t played for Germany since March 31 after opting to undergo knee surgery, while Ginter missed the last round of international games with COVID-19.

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, Atalanta defender Robin Gosens and Manchester City midfielder İlkay Gündoğan are all out injured.

Flick confirmed the severity of Gosens' injury when he left the defender out of the Germany squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Romania and North Macedonia.

"Robin Gosens has been seriously injured, which is a bitter blow for us because of his attitude and professionalism. We will miss him," Flick said.

Italian media reported that Gosens is expected to be out for two months.

"We wish him all the best, hopefully he will be able to kick the ball again quickly," Flick added.

Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp had to make way for ter Stegen.

Germany won its first three games with Flick in charge — over Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland in September — to take the top spot in Group J.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), David Raum (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Nico Schlotterbeck (Freiburg), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Karim Adeyemi (Salzburg), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Timo Werner (Chelsea)

With inputs from AFP

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