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World Cup 2010: Germany fret over Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Schweinsteiger was forced to come off against Ghana

Germany playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger could miss the World Cup second-round match against England on Sunday because of a thigh problem.

Schweinsteiger, 25, suffered the injury during Germany's 1-0 victory over Ghana in Group D on Tuesday.

"The team doctor says the recovery time is short. We just hope he's fit to play because he's become a key player," said Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick.

Left-back Jerome Boateng is also struggling to overcome a calf injury.

"Jerome has a bit of a calf strain and for both (Boateng and Schweinsteiger) it might be a bit critical for them to be in the starting line-up on Sunday, but we are optimistic," Flick added.

The absence of Schweinsteiger would still be a big blow for Joachim Loew's team as he has been a key player for them in the absence of injured captain Michael Ballack.

Mesut Ozil, who has impressed for the Germans and scored the winner against Ghana, has been nursing a twisted ankle but is expected to be fit to face England.

"Ozil seems to have twisted his ankle but he is not in pain and I think we will get him fit for Sunday's game," said Flick.

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