Ozil injury worry for Kazakh clash
German midfielder Mesut Ozil will undergo a last minute test on an ankle injury before the FIFA World Cup™ semi-finalists fly to Kazakhstan on Monday for their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier the national federation announced.
The 21-year-old Real Madrid star scored in the 3-0 defeat of Turkey in their Group A qualifier on Friday but was replaced in the 90th minute as he struggled with his ankle problem.
Ozil was due to miss training on Sunday but will "definitely" fly to Astana with the rest of the squad on Monday, the German Football Federation (DFB) said.
"National coach Joachim Low has set up with the doctors and physical trainers to give him (Ozil) a fitness test in the final training session on Monday," a statement from the federation announced.
"It still hurts. But I trust in the swift treatment I have been given by the national team doctors and physios," Ozil said, "I hope that I can get fit again quickly.
"I really want to play," he said.
Born and bred in Germany to Turkish parents, Ozil was booed by boisterous Turkish fans who made up more than half of the 74,244-capacity Olympic Stadium crowd, but he silenced the jeers with a 79th-minute goal to seal the win. The German midfielder's goal celebration was muted, however.
"Of course I was really happy. It was fantastic for me to score in this match. But I made the spontaneous decision not to overdo the celebrations," said Ozil, "out of respect for the land of my forefathers."
He also managed to block out the boos from the Turkish crowd.
"I just shut it out and focused on the game. I just wanted to play the game and that's what I did. The team and the German fans were a great support. That makes me really happy," he said.
Germany, whose largely youthful side's vibrant play was one of the highlights of the FIFA World Cup finals, head their group with nine points from three matches.