National football team: Flick does without Hummels

BUndestrainer Hansi Flick does without Mats Hummels for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Romania and in North Macedonia. The defense chief of the DFB-Pokal winner Borussia Dortmund is missing after his knee problems in the 23-man squad for the games in Hamburg (October 8th) and Skopje (October 11th).

“We all know what quality Mats is when he’s one hundred percent fit. We discussed that. I spoke to Mats on the phone. We decided that it is important for him that he can use the training days to take the next step, ”said Flick. In addition to Ilkay Gündogan and Mahmoud Dahoud, Robin Gosens is also injured.

The Atalanta Bergamo international has been out of action for around two months due to a hamstring tendon injury. “It is true that Roben Gosens was seriously injured, it is a big blow for us because he is very good for the team with his attitude and professionalism. We’ll miss him, “said Flick on Friday:” We wish him all the best that he can kick the ball again quickly. He will work very conscientiously towards his comeback. “Gosens suffered the injury in the Champions League game against Young Boys Bern (1-0) suffered after the 27-year-old left the pitch in tears.

Painful injury: Gosens (right) is out for weeks

Painful injury: Gosens (right) is out for weeks


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In contrast to Flick’s debut in September, Ridle Baku and Kevin Trapp are also absent. Trapp had to vacate his place for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has recovered from his injury. Thomas Müller and Matthias Ginter are also available again.

With two wins, the selection of the German Football Association (DFB) could qualify ahead of time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. With two more successes, Flick would also set the start record of his predecessor Joachim Löw (five wins).

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