Germans still waiting on Frings
German midfielder Torsten Frings is still uncertain for the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-final with Turkey on Wednesday, according to team manager Oliver Bierhoff on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Werder Bremen enforcer, scorer of 10 goals in 75 international appearances, fractured ribs in the Group B match with Austria and was unable to play in the 3-2 win over Portugal in the quarter-finals.
"We are doing everything possible so Torsten can play," said Bierhoff. "He can make a fuller contribution to training. He has also worked on his stamina through running and cycling, but what will be important is to see how he reacts after being tackled."
Bierhoff, scorer of the golden goal that delivered Germany's last piece of silverware in the EURO 96 final against Czech Republic, said that Frings was dying to play, but the last word on was down to German coach Joachim Low.
"He (Frings) is very positive, and really wants to play, but the coach, medical staff and Torsten will have to discuss the situation. I cannot speak for Joachim Low, but the Joachim I know, will not start a player who is not 100 percent," said Bierhoff.
Frings, who was a member of the German side that reached the 2002 FIFA World Cup final but was suspended for the Germany 2006 semi-finals after a fracas at the end of their quarter-final win over Argentina, was replaced by Simon Rolfes for the Portugal match.