Germany’s Boateng allays injury fears

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

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.”