Khedira set for Germany comeback against France

Published November 13th, 2015 - 12:00 GMT
Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira

Sami Khedira is set to start for world champions Germany in his return from injury in Friday's friendly at Euro 2016 hosts France which takes place under the cloud of football affairs in both countries.

"I believe that Sami is ready. He made a good and aggressive impression in training," Germany coach Joachim Loew told a news conference on Thursday.

Khedira, who left Real Madrid for Juventus in summer, has not played for his country this season as he has suffered from injuries.

The midfielder is to start in midfield alongside captain Bastian Schweinsteiger at the Stade de France but Loew said that he has not decided yet on three or four places in the line-up.

Mario Gomez could start upfront in his return to the team after 14 months, and Schalke teenager Leroy Sane could earn his first cap in his maiden call-up as Loew expects him "to make a quick transition to us" from the Under-21 team.

Loew named the result "secondary" although he admits the match has "a certain explosive power" because he rates France among the Euro top favourites. Germany edged France 1-0 in their last meeting in the World Cup quarter-finals last year.

While not affecting his work with the team, Loew also called for "a clear, swift and thorough clearing up" of the 2006 World Cup affair which has overshadowed the game and on Monday led to the resignation of German football federation chief Wolfgang Niersbach.

Loew said he and general manager Oliver Bierghoff briefly discussed the issue with the team.

France coach Didier Deschamps has meanwhile not picked Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema and Lyon's Mathieu Valbuena as French authorities are looking into whether Benzema was part of an extortion attempt targeting Valbuena in connection with a sex tape.

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