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Germany will be without midfielder Leon Goretzka for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.

The Germans are already without several players who are forming the new backbone of the team since the disappointing World Cup last year as they prepare to face the Dutch in Hamburg.

“Leon Goretzka is nursing a minor injury that has been nagging him for some time. He will not be able to play tomorrow,” Loew told a news conference.”

“That means I have to think about other options. It is a shame really because this young team needs to play with more or less the same starting lineup over several matches.”

Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Antonio Ruediger are already sidelined with various injuries.

One player who will start is Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry, despite the winger missing last week’s league win over Mainz 05.

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