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Ozil to miss friendly due to ankle injury

September 1, 2014

DUESSELDORF. Germany (AP) — Mesut Ozil will miss World Cup winner Germany’s friendly with beaten finalist Argentina in Duesseldorf on Wednesday due to an ankle injury.

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff says the Arsenal midfielder is staying in London but “there’s work being done so he can play against Scotland.”

Germany opens its 2016 European Championship qualification campaign against Scotland in Dortmund on Sunday.

Bierhoff says Germany will cope with the retirements of Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker after their side’s World Cup win.

Bierhoff, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the Euro 96 final, says “we have always managed to adapt well after such tournaments.”

Germany coach Joachim Loew will name a new team captain to replace Lahm on Tuesday.

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