UEFA Nations Cup: Germany will be without their captain Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka during their last series of international matches.
Die Nationalmannschaft are scheduled to play Hungary and England in the UEFA Nations League during this international break. His lack of availability will be a blow to coach Hansi Flick ahead of the games.
The Central European nation currently sits second in the Nations League group, one point behind leader Hungary. They will be looking to record wins in both games to secure their place in the next round of the competition.
Julian Brandt will also miss the game after leaving the team hotel with flu-like symptoms. He was also tested for the virus but his report came back negative.
UEFA Nations League: Leon Goretzka and Manuel Neuer will miss Germany’s last matches due to Covid-19
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The German Football Association confirmed earlier this week that Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka will miss their upcoming matches due to Covid-19.
Both players have already left the concentration hotel and will isolate themselves from their respective homes. Hansi Flick has already called up Oliver Baumann to replace Neuer, while Maximilian Arnold will join the team to replace Goretzka.
The two players are understood to have contracted the virus while at the Oktoberfest Beer Festival with the rest of their Bayern Munich teammates on Sunday. This is the second time Neuer has contracted the virus. He too came into contact with COVID-19 when the virus broke out in the Bavarian squad in January.
Gareth Southgate added Jordan Henderson to replace Kalvin Phillips
England manager Gareth Southgate has added Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson to replace Kalvin Phillips in the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League squad. Phillips recently injured his shoulder while at Manchester City and will undergo surgery in the coming days. It is unlikely that he will be back in full form before the FIFA World Cup.
Speaking about Phillips’ injury, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said (via Sports Illustrated): “I don’t know (how long he’ll be out). I’m not a doctor, but in a good way he can make it to the World Cup. Bowl.
The doctor said that the only solution at this point is to do what he has to do. Now it will not be much, but a little more.”
Henderson’s inclusion on the team has drawn the attention of many, as he himself has not played a single minute of competitive soccer since August. Sunderland midfielder