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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 21, 2006

Germany arrive in Switzerland with six unfit players

GENEVA, May 21 (Reuters) - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann finally got his entire World Cup squad assembled on Sunday but the World Cup hosts had the look of the walking wounded as they arrived in Geneva from Sardinia.

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann brought the squad up to the full complement of 23 when he flew into Switzerland from London on Sunday.

He was excused the Sardinia camp because of his appearance, albeit brief, in Arsenal's Champions League final defeat by Barcelona last week.

Left-back Philipp Lahm did make it to Sardinia but only for the final day of the stay, after undergoing surgery on the elbow he injured last Tuesday.

Lahm, who will not return to full training until the end of May, is one of six unfit players in the German squad with 19 days to go before they play the opening match of the World Cup against Cost Rica in Munich.

Centre-back Christoph Metzelder is struggling to overcome a calf muscle injury, while midfielder Sebastian Kehl is on the mend from an ankle problem.

Tim Borowski and Mike Hanke both managed to catch colds in Sardinia, despite the high temperatures on the Italian island, while Lukas Podolski has a bad back.

'Kehl might train with the ball later on Sunday but with Metzelder we still have to wait and see,' German team manager Oliver Bierhoff told reporters in Geneva on Sunday.

Germany will stay in Geneva until May 30, apart from a brief excursion back over the border to Freiburg for a friendly against Luxembourg on May 27.

They play Japan on May 30 in Leverkusen and Colombia on June 2 in Moenchengladbach before reconvening at their World Cup base in Berlin on June 5.

After the holiday atmosphere in Sardinia, complete with partners and children, the serious business starts in Geneva.

Klinsmann has programmed two training sessions per day at the new Stade de Geneve, which will be one of the venues for Euro 2008.

'We have a lot of hard work to do but the facilities here are ideal and the conditions will be like Germany,' Bierhoff said.

'It will be quieter for us here as well, so close to the World Cup. That's why we chose Switzerland.'

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