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Euro 2016: Germany’s Joachim Loew hopeful Jerome Boateng will be fit for last 16

Jerome Boateng came off the pitch in the 76th minute after he felt his calf at halftime during their match against Northern Ireland.

By: Reuters | Paris | Updated: June 22, 2016 8:11:55 am
Germany vs NorthernIreland, Germany vs Ireland, Ireland vs Germany, Euro 2016, Euro 2016 Germany vs Ireland, Jerome Boateng, Boateng, Joachim Loew, Loew, Football Jerome Boateng has been instrumental at the back for the Germans during their group stage matches. (Source: Reuters)

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.

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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.

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 He said Boateng had felt his calf at halftime and that he had decided to take him off as a precautionary measure.

“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.”

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 Germany finished top of Group C and will now face a third-placed team in the next round.

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