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Hummels, Podolski back in training


FIT: German defender Mats Hummels (top) and winger Lukas Podolski (above) will be available against France tomorrow. PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

Germany defender Mats Hummels and winger Lukas Podolski took part in training this morning (Singapore time).

And they are ready for tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final against France, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said this morning.

Hummels, a stalwart in Germany's central defence, came down with flu before Germany's last-16 match against Algeria on Monday, while Podolski pulled a thigh muscle in their final Group G game against the United States, which they won 1-0.

Koepke said the only injured player in the squad was defender Shkodran Mustafi, who suffered a torn hamstring in the Algeria match and will miss the rest of the tournament.

"Everyone was in training today and ready for action," said Koepke.

"And we assume they'll all be flying to Rio tonight."

Koepke said that Hummels and Podolski took part in a closed training session this morning, playing "soccer tennis" and jogging. - Reuters.

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