Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger will play no part in a friendly against Uruguay on 29 May or in two UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers next month because of injury, the German football federation (DFB) said today.
The 26-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder, one of the stars of Germany's strong 2010 FIFA World Cup™ performance, broke a toe in his right foot in a Bundesliga match on 23 April but continued playing despite the pain.
Now though Schweinsteiger, who is vice captain and who has 87 caps for Germany, "needs to have a lengthy break," the DFB said in a statement.
Germany have back-to-back EURO 2012 qualifiers against Austria on 3 June in Vienna and against Azerbaijan on 7 June in Baku. Coach Joachim Low will not be calling up any replacement for Schweinsteiger for the games, the DFB added.