Germany without Gomez and Höwedes

Injured duo to miss World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan

C LASS="no_name">Germany striker Mario Gomez and central defender Benedikt Höwedes have been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in Nüremberg with muscle injuries

The pair were the latest additions to a growing injury list for coach Joachim Löw, who needed to call up three replacement players after Friday's 3-0 win against the same opponents in Astana.

Höwedes suffered his problem in Kazakhstan while Gomez was injured the day before last week's game. Both players were on their way back to their clubs for further medical treatment, Germany said in a statement.

Germany top Group C on 13 points from five games, with Sweden in second place on eight from four matches.


The Republic of Ireland and Austria, who meet at the Aviva Stadium tonight, are level on seven points.