Ger­many’s Hoewedes ruled out of Con­fed Cup

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Ger­many de­fender Benedikt Hoewedes will miss June’s Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Rus­sia to un­dergo surgery on a long-stand­ing groin in­jury, his club Schalke 04 con­firmed on Wed­nes­day.

The 29-year-old Schalke cap­tain, who was part of Ger­many’s World Cup-win­ning side in 2014, has de­layed an op­er­a­tion to see out the rest of the sea­son with the Royal Blues.

“The doc­tors and the player had hoped to get the in­jury un­der con­trol us­ing con­ser­va­tive treat­ments,” a Schalke spokesman told SID, an AFP sub­sidiary.

“But now there is a sta­tus up­date. Ev­ery­one must re­alise that Hoewedes can not avoid hav­ing an op­er­a­tion. “It has been planned for the sum­mer.”

Hoewedes is the first Ger­many reg­u­lar to be ruled out of the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, which runs from June 17 un­til July 2, but oth­ers are set to fol­low.

Ger­many head coach Joachim Loew said he will use the tour­na­ment to blood new play­ers, with the world cham­pi­ons fac­ing Aus­tralia, Chile and Cameroon in Group B.

Loew has also hinted some of Ger­many’s first-choice stars, who play for Borus­sia Dort­mund, Bay­ern Mu­nich and Schalke, will be rested for the com­pe­ti­tion.

All three clubs face a con­gested fix­ture list with the trio still in­volved in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

EPA PIC

Ger­many’s Benedikt Hoewedes (left) in ac­tion against Azer­bai­jan’s Ba­davi Huseynov (right) dur­ing their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match last Sun­day.

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