Germany coach Joachim Low has again ruled out a recall for Kevin Kuranyi despite the likelihood of losing Miroslav Klose to injury. Klose may have to pull out of the squad that shall meet Azerbaijan in a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier on Wednesday due to the injury which forced him to miss Bayern Munich's 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim yesterday.
The 31-year-old will undergo tests with the German Football Association's medical department, but it seems likely he will have to follow Lukas Podolski in withdrawing from the squad, leaving Low with just two strikers in Mario Gomez and Cacau.
I have told him that there will simply be no return for him while I am in charge.
Kuranyi scored twice as Schalke defeated Nurnberg 2-1 yesterday, but Low still has no intention of going back on his decision never to pick the striker again.
"I have told him that there will simply be no return for him while I am in charge," Low said. "This decision still stands today."
Kuranyi was told his international career was over when, having not been named in the matchday squad, he walked out at half-time in Germany's friendly against Russia last October.
Low indicated that he would call up Stefan Kiessling of Bayer Leverkusen should Klose fail to prove his fitness.