PARIS: World Cup holders Germany have suffered a major injury now after centre-forward Mario Gomez was ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 with a hamstring injury.
Scans conducted after Saturday’s quarter-final shootout win over Italy showed up a torn muscle for the 30-year-old, who has scored two goals in four games.
Central defender Mats Hummels will miss Thursday’s semi-final against hosts France in Marseille because of suspension while midfielders Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both doubtful because of thigh muscle and knee problems respectively.
Coach Joachim Low said: “It is very bitter to lose important players, especially at this crucial stage. I am especially sorry for Mario. He has produced strong performances in the Euros and helped the team a lot, not only with his goals.”
Gomez, who is the only recognised striker in Germany’s squad, was substituted in the second half of Saturday’s game, shortly after being involved in Mesut Ozil’s 65th-minute goal.