THE Republic of Ireland’s rivals in World Cup qualifying Germany have been dealt a blow as striker Miroslav Klose looks set to be sidelined for up to two months with a knee injury
The German Football Federation announced the news and admitted that the 34 year old veteran striker would not be available for the Germans back-to-back Group Three games with Kazakhstan on March 22 and March 26.
Klose underwent tests in Munich ahead of Germany's friendly against France tomorrow night and they found the Lazio striker had sustained a partially torn outer ligament in his right knee during his side's Serie A loss at Genoa on Sunday.
The 34-year-old veteran will be replaced by Mario Gomez in Wednesday's friendly in Paris. Gomez has not been able to secure a place in Bayern Munich's starting 11 since coming back from ankle surgery in November.