Germany to test two-pronged attack with Gomez, Klose

Berlin: Germany forward Miroslav Klose will miss their friendly game in Ukraine later this week but could join Mario Gomez in a new-look two-pronged attack in a friendly against Netherlands next week, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.

The two strikers have been battling for the one starting spot since before the 2010 World Cup with Bayern Munich`s Gomez having edged out Lazio`s Klose in recent months.

Klose will be unavailable for the game in Ukraine on Nov. 11 because of tendon inflammation but will be back for the match in Hamburg against Netherlands on Nov. 15, the German football federation (DFB) said late on Monday.

Loew has long opted for a 4-2-3-1 system but said he could switch to two strikers for at least one of the two friendlies in Kiev on Friday and against the Dutch four days later.

"Despite our ambitions to do well I think insight is very important. I plan for a system switch to 4-4-2 for one of the games," Loew told reporters.

Gomez is on a goal-scoring spree having netted 20 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Klose is also on a good run, having reignited his career since a move from Bayern Munich to Lazio in the close season with six goals in 10 Serie A matches.

Loew said experimenting in these games was important as three-times European champions Germany, through to next year`s Euro 2012 tournament, are among the title favourites following a perfect qualifying campaign of 10 wins out of 10 games.

Playmakers Mesut Ozil and Mario Goetze are also expected to start for the first time alongside each other in one game in what is seen as the Germans` most creative and exciting offensive midfield pairing.

Borussia Moenchengladbach`s in-form striker Marco Reus is also doubtful for the match in Kiev with a stomach virus. A final decision on whether he will travel with the team will be taken on Tuesday morning, the DFB said.

Loew warned that despite a good qualifying campaign and a depth of talent, his young squad should remain grounded.

"Ten wins in a row is very positive. But I have always warned that complacency and any delusions of grandeur are out of place," said Loew, who led Germany`s youngest World Cup squad in 76 years to a third place finish in South Africa last year.

Bureau Report

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