Germany’s Boateng allays injury fears

FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng has moved to assure Germany supporters he will be fit for the Euro 2016 opener against Ukraine on Sunday.

The 27-year-old gave Germany’s coaching staff a scare during the first half of the 2-0 victory over Hungary in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, after requiring treatment from the medical staff.

However, he completed the full 90 minutes and subsequently revealed it was nothing more than a minor issue, vowing he would be ready for Germany’s Group C opener.

When asked if there were any concerns over his involvement in the curtain-raiser, Boateng told reporters: “No, nobody needs to be worried about me.

“A little issue with my nerve, but I didn’t have any problems at half-time, the doctors examined me. Everything is good.”

One player who could miss Germany’s opening fixture is skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Manchester United midfielder is nursing a knee problem, but is believed to be close to making a return to action.

Boateng added: “It’s important that Bastian Schweinsteiger is with us again, he’s our captain.

“He calms everyone. Sure he’s not at 100 per cent, but he is very important for us.”