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Germany lose first choice World Cup goalkeeper

It has now been confirmed that Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Rene Adler will miss the World Cup in South Africa this summer as he requires surgery on a rib injury suffered last month. Adler tried to make a comeback last weekend, but after the game, medicals showed that the injury was worse than was initially thought.

Rene Adler out of the World Cup for Germany

25-year-old Adler has had a history of rib problems, his career was nearly ended in 2006 by a complicated injury that required a titanium plate and four screws to repair.

Adler made a comeback for his club in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin, but a post-match check revealed the injury was worse than first feared. Adler could have played through the pain at the World Cup, but he said not to the best of his ability;

“The pain is so great that I would not have been able to perform at my best over the longer term both in training and during matches, in such a long and intensive tournament, that is unacceptable. You need players who are totally fit.”

Also missing out with injury is Adler’s teammate at Bayer, midfielder Simon Rolfes. Rolfes is out following knee surgery, having not played since having knee cartilage surgery in January and he needs longer for recovery.

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