Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident key centre back Jerome Boateng will be fit for his side’s last-16 encounter despite coming off with a calf problem during Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland. (RESULTS | STANDINGS)
Boateng has been instrumental at the back for the Germans, who have yet to concede a goal at the tournament.
He came off after 76 minutes and walked gingerly to the bench.
“I don’t know exactly about Boateng. I hope the medical staff will succeed and I assume he will play in the next game,” Loew said.
“The risk is too high and if something happens in the calf it means two or three weeks out for him so I didn’t want to take that risk especially as Northern Ireland were not too dangerous in their attacks.”