Injured Gomez out of friendly
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Bayern Munich star striker Mario Gomez is out of Germany's friendly against Italy on Wednesday with a knee injury, it was revealed today.

The 25-year-old damaged ligaments in his right knee during Bayern's shock 3-2 league defeat to Cologne yesterday and will sit out Germany's friendly against the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ winners in Dortmund.

An examination by club doctors revealed Gomez, who has scored 16 goals in 19 league games this season for Bayern, needs to rest his knee and Germany coach Joachim Low was informed on today.

Low has said he will not call up a replacement to his 21-man squad and veteran Miroslav Klose looks set to start against the Italians.