Striker Gomez to sit out qualifier in Kazakhstan

Germany’s only striker, Mario Gomez, will miss Friday’s World

Cup qualifying match in Kazakhstan because of a thigh injury.

Gomez hurt his right hamstring in Thursday’s practice after the

team arrived in Astana. The German Football Federation says the

Bayern Munich striker will not be able to practice for two days but

should be available for Tuesday’s match against the same opponent

in Nuremberg.

Coach Joachim Loew already had been considering fielding a team

without a classic striker.