Posted on June 24, 2008
Germany midfielder Torsten Frings may make an inspirational return in the Euro 2008 semi-finals against an injury-riddled Turkey side in Basel despite cracking rib.
“It speaks for him that he wants to play. I just returned from training and he did everything there,” said assistant coach Hansi Flick.
Captain Michael Ballack confirmed: “Torsten is fit again, he has trained. He is pain-free, it is no risk when he plays.”
The Chelsea star added: “We know Turkey are missing a lot of players through injury and suspension but they have shown a never-say-die attitude.”
“Whoever you face at this stage you’re going to get an even match. Their mental strength is a major factor, they can adapt to any opponent and they have a great motivator as a coach. We expect a very close game,” reflected Ballack.
Germany coach Joachim Loew hinted: “We may go back to two strikers. Or Three. Or never change a winning team.”
Meanwhile, the Turkey camp has been hit by numerous suspension and injuries which has left Gokhan Zan as the only fit center half.
With regular defender Servet Cetin highly doubtful, Turkey coach Fatih Terim may be forced to start with left-back Hakan Balta alongside Gokhan.
“It could be that we are reduced to just 13 or 14 players because of injuries,” admitted Gokhan.
“We beat Croatia and now face a top-class team in the form of Germany. We will clear this obstacle and are not afraid of anyone even though we have a lot of injuries and suspensions.”