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Germany watch out for Kazakh collision

Germany's players will be going to bed at dawn and training just before midnight as they prepare for their World Cup qualifying game in Kazakhstan tomorrow.

With a five-hour time difference between Germany and Kazakhstan, the team have been advised not to change their watches to local time once they arrive but instead stick with German time so as not to interrupt their rhythm on such a short trip.

"We have a five-hour time difference and that normally needs about five days to adapt," said team doctor Tim Meyer.

"We do not have that time and we have to go straight back to German time. Our clocks will be on German time, and the schedule with things like eating and sleeping also on German time. We have a kick-off which is good for German time but it is midnight in Kazakhstan.

"We will not check everyone's watches but we advise them to do it and expect them to do it. You can do it for a day or two," Meyer said.

The plan saw the Germans train at 11.0pm local time in Astana last night.

"The schedule then will be like we have after an afternoon training at 6.0pm in Germany," team spokesman Jens Grittner said. "Then sleep at 4.0am, which is 11.0pm in Germany."

Meyer, who said the artificial pitch should be no real problem for the players, also eased concerns over an ankle injury suffered by Sami Khedira in training on Tuesday, saying it was less serious than expected, with the midfielder fit to train again.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (above) and Lukas Podolski have also overcome minor injuries and are back in training.

"It will not be an easy game. The Kazakhs will go way back like a handball team and it is really hard to get through it," Schweinsteiger said.

Germany top Group C with 10 points from four games with Sweden in second place on seven from three games.

"We need solutions and maybe try to get an early goal. Otherwise it might not be as easy as some have predicted," Schweinsteiger said.

He dismissed talk of pressure the team to win their first major title since 1996.

"It is not that I will die sooner if I don't win a title.

"What I want is to qualify for Brazil and then play our best football."


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