Schweinsteiger to miss World Cup qualifiers

Germany goes into World Cup qualifying without Bayern Munich

midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who will miss matches against

the Faeroe Islands and Austria.

Coach Joachim Loew says Schweinsteiger needs more time to reach

his fitness and form after several injuries last season.

With Mario Gomez out injured, Loew picked only one striker –

veteran Miroslav Klose – to face the Faeroes on Sept. 7 in Hannover

and Austria on Sept. 11 in Vienna.

Captain Pililipp Lahm, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and the Arsenal

duo of Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski rejoin the squad after

missing the 3-1 loss against Argentina in a friendly on Aug.


Germany Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter

Stegen(Borussia Moenchengladbach), Ron-Robert Zieler


Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng

(Bayern Munich), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels

(Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker

(Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler

(Schalke), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Guendogan

(Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern

Munich), Thomas Mueller(Bayern Munich), Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid),

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre

Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen).

Forward: Miroslav Klose (Lazio).