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Germany without Reus again for key Poland clash

03 September 2015, 14:52

Berlin - Germany must again do without winger Marco Reus for their key Euro 2016 qualifier against Group D leaders Poland on Friday after the Borussia Dortmund star broke his big toe.

As well as the Poland clash in Frankfurt, the 26-year-old will also miss Monday's qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow as the Dortmund forward's bad luck with Germany continues.

He picked up the injury in Dortmund's 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Sunday, which kept them top of the Bundesliga table, and the injury was diagnosed after he complained of pain during Germany's training session on Wednesday.

"It's regrettable and, of course, I don't like to be without him, because Marco is a player who can do things in key moments on attack," said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.

Second-placed Germany are looking to avenge their 2-0 defeat in Warsaw last October in a Euro 2016 qualifier with Poland top of the group by a point and then play third-placed Scotland away on Monday.

"I am pleased there are decisive games ahead of us, it's a challenge for us, but we're not under pressure," added Loew.

No decision has been made on who will replace Reus in Germany's line-up, but Loew revealed Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final, will start, as will Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, despite a knee knock.

Reus missed Germany's World Cup triumph after tearing an ankle ligament in the final warm-up match in June 2014, just before the team flew to Brazil and then suffered two more ankle injuries in September and then November last season.

He has been available for selection for just four of Germany's last 10 internationals.

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