Injury blow for Volland

Germany international Kevin Volland will miss Sunday’s World Cup qualifying fixture with Norway and the next few games for Bayer Leverkusen after breaking his finger during Wednesday evening’s 2-0 win over Finland.

His club confirmed on Twitter that their 24-year-old summer recruit from Hoffenheim will miss “at least the next fortnight” after undergoing surgery on Thursday.

That rules him out of the trip to Oslo as well as Leverkusen’s Bundesliga clash with Hamburg on September 10.

He is also doubtful for the Werkself’s opening Champions League fixture against CSKA Moscow on September 14.

He broke the ring finger of his right hand during Wednesday’s friendly win which marked Bastian Schweinsteiger’s final appearance in a Germany shirt.

Niklas Sule, who made his debut, has been released to return to his club Hoffenheim, but Germany coach Joachim Low has chosen to keep Max Meyer and Julian Brandt in his squad, despite initially intending to release them both after Wednesday.

He had planned on giving them a break due to their involvement in the Olympic Games, but the loss of Volland appears to have led to a rethink.

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