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An adductor problem has forced the midfielder to leave the nation’s training base and return to Madrid
Real Madrid star Toni Kroos will be absent for Germany when he begins his quest to reach the final of the 2022 World Cup.
Germany kick off their qualifying campaign with three matches in Group J against Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia.
But coach Joachim Low will have to dispense with the lynchpin of Germany’s midfield, who has retired due to injury.
What has been said?
“Toni Kroos has had to leave the squad due to an adductor problem that he has,” explained the German FA in a statement released on social networks.
“He will leave the team hotel to return to Spain.”
ℹ️ @ToniKroos he has retired from the international team due to a persistent adductor problem. You will leave the team hotel to return to Spain.
– Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 23, 2021
Disappointed that I can’t help the team in the next matches, but can’t wait to play in this great shirt in the summer! #adidasFootball #CreatedWithAdidas @adidas_de @dfb_team pic.twitter.com/SuiOYCcde5
– Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) March 23, 2021
Germany also wished their star a “speedy recovery” when he returns to his club.
Problems for Madrid?
While the 2014 World Cup champions will miss Kroos greatly, Madrid will also hope that injury will not keep him on the sidelines during a crucial period of the 2020-21 season.
No forecast has yet been released for the midfielder, who played 70 minutes of his team’s 3-1 win over Celta at the weekend.
On April 3, Merengue returns to action in La Liga against Eibar, as it continues its search for the Atlético leader.
Only three days later they host Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.
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After bombing the 2018 World Cup in the first round, Germany will be eager to make a bigger impression in Qatar next year, starting with a successful qualifying campaign.
Low’s players are clear favorites to qualify for Group J, which also includes Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia and Liechtenstein.
The road to Qatar begins on Thursday at home to Iceland, before completing the March international window with an away game against Romania and a home match with North Macedonia.