Saturday 27 December 2014

Mats Hummels confident he will recover to realise World Cup dream

Published 17/06/2014 | 15:59

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: An injured Mats Hummels of Germany is helped off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
An injured Mats Hummels of Germany is helped off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal

Germany defender Mats Hummels does not believe his World Cup is over, despite limping out of Monday's 4-0 win over Portugal in clear pain.

The Borussia Dortmund defender will undergo tests on Tuesday to discover the entity of a thigh injury which saw him replaced by Sampdoria's Shkodran Mustafi during the comfortable win.

Hummels scored Germany's second goal in the rout and expects to have the chance to contribute further as the tournament progresses.

"The injury doesn't feel like something which would end my World Cup," Hummels told Sport1 television.

"Maybe it will cost me one game, or maybe none at all

"It looked worse than it is. I do have my thigh heavily wrapped, but it's going to be fine. It could have been worse."

The expression of Germany's doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt was not so optimistic as he helped Hummels leave the field hopping on one leg, however.

He will perform a scan on Tuesday with Germany coach Joachim Low not sounding too anxious about the results.

"He's just taken a knock to the thigh," Low told ARD television. "I don't expect it to be anything dramatic."

The injury was the only concern on an otherwise emphatic evening for one of the World Cup favourites, who underlined their credentials thanks to a hat-trick from Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller, who last week penned a new five-year contract with his club.

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