According to Sky Sports, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is struggling to be fit for Germany’s World Cup opener on June 17th against Mexico after picking up a knee injury in a friendly game against Austria last weekend.
The attacking midfielder scored in the 2-1 win over their neighbours. However, he was substituted on 76 minutes. Ozil has been training away from his Die Mannschaft teammates and missed Tuesday media day.
Reportedly, the 29-year-old is also still suffering from a long-standing back problem that saw him miss games for Arsenal last season.
A race to be fit
Ozil will miss the world champions last warm-up game on friendly, which is a friendly game against fellow World Cup participates Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen. However, with just ten days to go to kick-off in Russia, Ozil is in a race to be fit for the clash with Mexico.
The attacking midfielder has suffered from various injuries in recent seasons with Arsenal, including that aforementioned back problem that seems to still be bothering the former Real Madrid star.
Plenty of depth
Luckily for Germany, they have plenty of depth in the attacking midfield area. In fact, the world champions have enough quality available to boss Joachim Loew that they could afford to omit the likes of Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Leroy Sane from their World Cup squad.
The likes of Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler, Julian Brandt and Marco Reus are more than capable of making up for the loss of Ozil if the playmaker fails to make the opening game.
Just like at Arsenal, Ozil has not always delivered for his national team. The fans of the German national team often get the same feeling as Arsenal fans that Ozil can do a lot more to help the team to success.
Could win another World Cup
Ozil’s injury is unlikely to prevent him from participating in the World Cup completely. The 29-year-old is part of an immensely strong Germany squad, who are odds of 9/2 to win the World Cup in Russia.
The playmaker and his teammates won the trophy in Brazil four years ago, humiliating hosts Brazil on the way to victory. There is no reason why they cannot repeat that feat this time around.
Mesut Ozil will be hoping to play a prominent role for Die Mannschaft. Hopefully, he can hit form and come back to Arsenal in high spirits.
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