Jun 06, 2016

    Euro 2016: German key players in fitness race


    GERMANY coach Joachim Loew says his priority is getting captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and key defender Mats Hummels fit for Euro 2016, following Saturday's 2-0 confidence-boosting friendly win over Hungary.

    Schweinsteiger played the last 23 minutes in Gelsenkirchen after three months sidelined by a torn medial knee ligament, while Hummels is out with a calf tear.

    Manchester United star Schweinsteiger admits he is unlikely to play the full 90 minutes of Germany's opening Group C game at Euro 2016 against Ukraine in Lille on June 12 before facing Poland four days later, then Northern Ireland on June 21.

    Hummels has said he does not expect to be fit until at least their second game against Poland in Paris on June 16.

    But Loew is confident both Sami Khedira and Jerome Boateng, who had to be treated on the pitch in Gelsenkirchen, will be fit to face Ukraine.

    Having toyed with playing a three-man defence, Loew reverted to the 4-2-3-1 which won Germany the title in Brazil.