Loew keeps cards close to chest

Coach Joachim Loew welcomed Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer into Germany's pre-World Cup camp yesterday before holding a closed-door training session to fine-tune their Brazil 2014 plans.

German captain Lahm, who has laboured with an ankle injury, and goalkeeper Neuer (shoulder), finally joined the squad late on Friday, having missed the first few days in north Italy where Loew's squad assembled on Wednesday for their 10-day camp.

The Bayern Munich pair had remained in the Bavarian capital to receive intense treatment from the German Football Association (DFB) medical staff under head doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker has also joined the Germans having missed the first three days after the birth of his second child.

For the first time since the Germans have been in camp, Loew trained behind closed doors yesterday, with a match against Germany's Under-20 squad planned for today. - AFP.