German striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of EURO 2016 due to a torn hamstring sustained in last nights quarter-final win over Italy.
Gomez was forced off midway through the second half with Julian Draxler replacing the forward. Tests at an Annecy hospital today revealed the severity of the injury. Gomez appeared to suffer the injury as he battled for possession with an Italian defender. He came close to scoring last night looking to add to his tally. He scored the winner against Northern Ireland and also found the net in the last 16 tie against Slovakia. The German Football Association said in a statement: “Another appearance for the striker in the Euros is not an option.”
Midfield duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are doubts for Thursday’s semi-final – and the final should the world champions make it that far – suffering a knee injury and an adductor injury respectively.
The loss of Gomez is a major blow for Germany coach Joachim Löw as the Beşiktaş man is the nations only recognised out-and-out striker at the tournament. Gomez scored 26 goals on loan at the Turkish club last season and was beginning to show this form for the national team. Low said: “It is very bitter to lose important players, especially at this crucial stage of the tournament. I am especially sorry for Mario. He has produced strong performances in the Euros and helped the team a lot, not only with his goals.
“For us it means that we have to accept a new situation and find solutions. And we will do so. The quality of our squad is high, I have full confidence in all our players. We will be ready for Thursday and are looking forward to the semi-final in Marseille.”