Germany are confident Mario Gomez will be ready to face Azerbaijan in 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying this week, despite picking up a knee injury in the friendly victory over South Africa.
The Bayern Munich striker scored in Saturday 5 September's 2-0 win but was forced to come off at half-time. He also missed Sunday morning's training session, but the problem is not thought serious enough to keep him out of Wednesday's match.
Mesut brought a lot of creativity into the game. He has good vision and demonstrated his great potential.
Even if Gomez does not make the starting 11, Germany should not want for goalscoring options in Hanover. Lukas Podolski impressed after replacing Gomez, while Mesut Ozil, Werder Bremen's young attacking midfielder, created the first before opening his international account in the second half.
"We had a lot of good ideas and much better flow to our play than last time out," said coach Joachim Low. "We had some young players here, and Mesut brought a lot of creativity into the game. He has good vision and demonstrated his great potential."
Gomez was also impressed with Ozil and he believes the 20-year-old could be a good find: "Germany haven't had a player like Mesut for a long time. We're lucky to have such a player."
Ozil too was understandably pleased to have made such a positive impression. "I wanted to give everything, and it all went well for me. I'm glad I had a good game. I'm very satisfied. We played very well as a team."