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Sunday 16 December 2018

Ozil out of Germany tie

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

Germany have announced that Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil will miss today's friendly meeting with Saudi Arabia because of a knee injury.

Ozil, 29, picked up the problem during Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Austria, and has been reported to be doubtful for Germany's opening match of the World Cup against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

In a short statement on the German Football Association's official Twitter feed, it was confirmed Ozil had sat out yesterday's training session and would not feature in tonight's warm-up game at the BayArena in Leverkusen.

"As a precaution, @MesutOzil1088 didn't take part in final training today, completing running exercises instead. He is out of #GERKSA with a minor bruise to his left knee," the German FA said on Twitter.

Ozil had missed the closing games of Arsenal's Premier League campaign due to a back injury suffered during the Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on May 3.

The defending champions will head out to Russia after their last friendly fixture, with manager Joachim Low having now reduced his squad down to 23 players.

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane was a shock omission during the week. Sane expressed his disappointment at missing out on Germany's World Cup squad but vowed to "give it my all to bounce back stronger".

The 22-year-old said: "I'm obviously disappointed I won't participate in the World Cup but I have to accept this decision and I'll give it my all to bounce back stronger!"

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