Hummels To Miss Sweden Clash, Low Says, Despite Centerback's Hopes

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Germany defender Mats Hummels will apparently miss his side's World Cup clash with Sweden due to a neck injury, says coach Joachim Low.

For his part, Hummels tweeted that he hoping to be fit as Germany look to bounce back from their opening game defeat to Mexico in World Cup Group F, though his word probably won't sway his manager.

 

Hummels was one of a number of players to criticise Germany's tactics after a 1-0 loss to Mexico.

The Bayern Munich centre-back later said talks in Germany's training camp had cleared the air ahead of facing Sweden in Sochi.

But Hummels will not be available for the crucial clash, with Low having alternative options such as Antonio Rudiger in reserve.

"Hummels won't be able to play tomorrow. He hurt his neck [vertebrae] yesterday and he hasn't improved today," Low told a news conference.

"He cannot train but there's still some time. When things like that happen, it doesn't improve overnight.

"We need players good in aerial play. I have an idea, a match plan for tomorrow. We will see what the final session yields."

 

However, Hummels has taken to Twitter to express that he still has hope of being involved.

"Still having some hope for tomorrow, you simply don't want to have to watch such an important game," the centre-back tweeted.

Germany could be knocked out if they lose to Sweden depending on Mexico's result in their second pool match against South Korea.