Germany midfielder Marcell Jansen has been ruled out of their FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium with the 'flu, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old who scored in Germany's 4-0 win over Liechtenstein on the weekend left the squad at midday on Wednesday to return to Germany just hours before kick-off in the British principality.

Germany coach Joachim Low decided to release Jansen from international duty to give the midfielder a chance of being fit to play for his club Hamburg in their important Bundesliga clash with Hoffenheim on Saturday.