Except Mustafi, all German players cleared to play
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil -- With the exception of backup defender Shkodran Mustafi, all Germany players have been cleared to play in the World Cup quarterfinal match against France on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
Mustafi tore a hamstring muscle in the match against Algeria and has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. He will remain with the team.
Assistant coach Andreas Koepke says backup midfielder Christoph Kramer had a light fever on Wednesday but was expected to be available. And central defender Mats Hummels has recovered from the flu, which forced him to miss the 2-1 extra-time victory over Algeria on Monday.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger had cramps and had to be substituted late in that game but Koepke says he has recovered.
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