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Hummels fighting to be fit

Santo Andre: Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing extensive treatment for a thigh injury but it is still uncertain whether he will be fit for Germany’s next World Cup match against Ghana, on Saturday, assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Wednesday.

Flick also indicated that — if Hummels is fit — Germany would field the same starting line-up on Saturday against Ghana that thrashed Portugal 4-0 in their Group G opening match.

“We’re hopeful even though it’s going to be really close call (whether he is fit in time),” Flick told a news conference. “We’re counting on him being able to play. But if not, we’ve got alternatives. He’s getting treatment all day long.”

Hummels, a bulwark of Germany’s defence who also scored a goal in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal, suffered a severe bruise in his right thigh in the 73rd minute of the Portugal match after colliding in the air with Eder. Hummels had to be helped off the pitch and has not trained with his team since.