Sunday 25 September 2016

Heartache for German defender Antonio Rudiger as he is ruled out of Euro 2016

Published 07/06/2016 | 22:29

Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland, in action against Jerome Boateng and Antonio Rudiger, Germany
Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland, in action against Jerome Boateng and Antonio Rudiger, Germany

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger will miss Euro 2016 after rupturing knee ligaments in training.

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The Roma centre-half was training with team-mates ahead of Germany's tournament opener against Ukraine on Sunday when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, with the DFB announcing the news on Tuesday evening.

"The Germany international has been ruled out of the European Championship after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Die Mannschaft's first training session in Evian," read a statement on the governing body's official website.

"This was confirmed by an examination carried out by Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt and the medical team.

"Joachim Low and the rest of the management team will now make a decision on whether they will call up a replacement, with UEFA regulations allowing them to do so until the first match day."

Rudiger, 23, made his professional debut for Stuttgart in January 2012 and was handed the first of his 11 caps for his country against Poland in a goalless draw 28 months later.

He joined Roma on loan last summer, making 30 appearances for the Serie A outfit before signing a permanent four-year deal in the Italian capital in May.

His withdrawal leaves Germany with Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Benedikt Howedes, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Joshua Kimmich as defensive options in the squad.

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