Santo Andre: Thomas Mueller is feeling fine after he needed five stitches next to his right-eye after a late collision in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana on Saturday.
“Thanks for all the wishes for a speedy recovery,” Mueller wrote on Twitter. “I am fine even though I might look a bit like a boxer now.”
Assistant coach Hansi Flick, too, had said Mueller would be ready for Thursday’s final group match against the United States. “Pain-free is a big word, but I think I can play without painkillers,” a website quoted Mueller as saying on Tuesday.
Unless coach Joachim Loew pulls off a surprise and reshuffles his attack, Mueller will be the marksman against the Americans in Recife. A draw, though, would allow both teams to advance ahead of Portugal and Ghana.
“We want to play well, try not to concede goals and top the group. But we have to very cautious," Mueller said. “The tournament can be over very quickly...”
Even if Loew decides to use veteran striker Miroslav Klose, Mueller will be likely to start, operating from the right wing.
“The way we play is to switch positions a lot and create space for others. I never really had a fixed position whatsoever, I’ve played on the right wing for the national team before.”
“I would have no problem doing it again,” Mueller made it clear.