Germany's Loew rues bad Badstuber luck after latest injury

Reuters , Sunday 14 Feb 2016

Germany's coach Joachim Loew reacts during their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014 (Reuters)

Germany coach Joachim Loew has described Holger Badstuber's run of injuries as "unbelievable" after the Bayern Munich centre back's hopes of playing at Euro 2016 were hit when he broke his ankle on Saturday.

Badstuber will be sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery after suffering the injury in training and he is unlikely to return until May at the earliest with Euro 2016 kicking off on June 10.

"It is unbelievable that it is always Holger who sustains serious injuries," coach Loew said on Sunday. "This is very bitter because he was on a really good path recently."

Badstuber, who has won 31 caps for Germany, has made just 17 Bundesliga appearances since his first serious injury, a torn cruciate knee ligament in 2012.

He re-injured the knee six months later and missed the whole of the 2013-14 season, including the World Cup.

Badstuber returned to competitive action early last year, only to suffer a thigh muscle injury in April which kept him out for another six months.

He had played nine games since his latest comeback in November and had just begun to show signs of a return to form.

"All of us at the national team are wishing him a quick recovery and a quick return to the pitch. We are certain that with his top attitude he will make it," Loew said.

Loew has already suffered a defensive blow after starting centre back Jerome Boateng was ruled out for three months recently with an adductor muscle injury.

Germany, who take on Northern Ireland, Ukraine and Poland in Euro 2016 Group C, play their first game on June 12.

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