Germany without Frings and Friedrich

Veteran midfielder Torsten Frings and central defender Arne Friedrich are both out of Germany's upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced.Germany face minnows Liechtenstein in Leipzig on 28 March before travelling to Cardiff to face Wales on 1 April, but expect to be without Werder Bremen's Frings and Hertha Berlin captain Friedrich.

Frings, who has scored ten goals in 79 appearances for Germany, picked up an ankle injury against Saint-Etienne in the UEFA Cup on 19 March and is out for seven days. And Germany coach Joachim Loew is also without Friedrich, who picked up a thigh injury as the Bundesliga leaders were beaten 2-0 at Stuttgart today.

"This is my first muscle injury," said Friedrich, "so I can't estimate how long I will be out for until the injury is investigated."

Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler picked up a hand injury in Bayer Leverkusen's 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, but should be fit to face Liechtenstein. Loew has the opportunity to call up extra players to the Germany squad as cover on 22 March.