German striker and captain Oliver Bierhoff will miss the rest of the Euro 2000 finals after injuring his right calf muscle, team spokesman Wolfgang Niersbach said in Netherlands on Friday.
"The injury is worse than we thought. Oliver will not be able to play again in the tournament," Niersbach told a news conference.
"It's a heavy blow for us. Oliver is not only an attacker, but also our captain," German coach Erich Ribbeck said.
The 32-year-old tore the muscle during an open training session Wednesday. At first it was thought the AC Milan player would be out for around eight days, but scans then showed the injury was worse.
The Germans will be unable to bring in a new player to replace Bierhoff and the attack against England at Charleroi will now consist of Bayern Munich's Carsten Jancker and Ulf Kirsten of Bayern Leverkusen. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will take over the captaincy.
Bierhoff was the hero for Germany at the last European championships in England four years ago when his "Golden Goal" in the final against the Czech Republic won the title - (AFP)
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