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Germans to shuffle pack

GERMANY'S preparations for Friday's World Cup game in Dublin have been hit by injury as three members of Joachim Loew's squad have been forced to withdraw.

Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) and Iklay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) pulled out of the panel over the weekend while Mats Hunmels has also been forced to cry off.

Hamburg man Heiko Westermann has been drafted into the squad .

The Germans are already without captain Phillip Lahm through suspension.


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