Joachim Low eases Germany fitness fears

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Germany boss Joachim Low remains confident he will have a “competitive and good team” available when his side open their World Cup account against Portugal.

Captain Philipp Lahm and first-choice keeper Manuel Neuer are recovering from injuries and the Bayern Munich pair are yet to start training with the rest of the squad, while Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Marcel Schmelzer are training alone.

Sami Khedira did feature in Real Madrid’s Champions League final win after a six-month lay-off, but there are still concerns over the holding midfielder’s fitness.

Low, however, insists concerns over his squad have been exaggerated by the media and he is confident he will have good options for the Group G clash with Portugal.

“(When you) see reports you would think that we are in a hospital here but that is not the case,” he told reporters at Germany’s training camp in the Italian Alps.

“We will travel to Brazil with a competitive and good team. The players are working very well and as it stands now I am very satisfied. Some are still injured and cannot fully train with the team but they are all training individually and I am very confident that it will work out.”

Germany are priced at 6.00 to win the World Cup and 1.48 to top their group, with the USA and Ghana completing Group G.

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