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France vs Germany: Seven German players ill

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France vs Germany: Seven German players ill
The German team has been hit by illness ahead of their World Cup clash with France on Friday. Photo: Gebriel Bouys/AFP

There was an unexpected and unfortunate boost for France ahead of their World Cup clash with Germany on Friday when news broke that an illness in the German camp has affected several of the team's players.

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Seven German players have cold-like symptoms, said coach Joachim Löw, with midfielder Christoph Kramer the latest to be hit. Kramer made his debut as a substitute against Algeria on Monday night.

In an interview with broadcaster ARD Löw confirmed: “Seven players have cold-like symptoms, basically sore throats. I don't want think it is that bad at the moment. I don't want to dramatize it," he said. 

Löw didn’t name the players, other than Kramer, but blamed their sniffles on travelling, air conditioning and differences in temperature. The good news for Löw, however, is that defender Mats Hummels and striker Lukas Podloski are fit again.

Hummels missed the Algeria game with a fever, while Podolski had a thigh strain.

Hummels tweeted a photo of himself on a beach on Tuesday, saying he was almost recovered. 

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