Flu scare for Germany`s World Cup squad

Brasilia: Seven of Germany`s World Cup squad have been hit by `flu symptoms and sore throats ahead of Friday`s World Cup quarter-final against France, head coach Joachim Loew confirmed Thursday.

The full squad trained at Rio de Janeiro`s iconic Maracana stadium on the eve of the game with no obvious ill effects.

But Loew has said seven players are affected, without stating who, and centre-back Mats Hummels missed Monday`s last 16 win over Algeria with illness.

"One third of our squad were complaining of sore throats and perhaps they picked something up from the air-conditioning and different climates here," said Loew.

"Sometimes you have to wait and see how things develop.

"Mats ran a fever at the start of the week, but all players were able to train today.

"Some have a slight cold, but there is no lethargy and I hope it stays that way over night."

The German FA (DFB) had previously said defensive midfielder Christoph Kramer is struggling to be fit for the Rio clash after showing flu-symptoms.

On Thursday, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer revealed Hummels had been kept away from his team-mates at the team`s hotel to stop the bug from spreading.

But the Borussia Dortmund star has tweeted on Wednesday that he is "almost 100 percent" ready to face the French.

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