Kicker are reporting that Mesut Ozil won’t be called up for Germany’s upcoming international games as coach Joachim Low wants give him a rest because he doesn’t enjoy a winter break in England.
According to their article, “Löw plans after Kicker information, some permanent employees to take a break, have been particularly stressed in the recent past. These mainly include those Legionaries who have to live in their clubs without winter break – especially Mesut Özil (Arsenal) and Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).”
So, this either means he’s getting a break, or he’s just been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease. Knowing our luck it’s the latter, but hey.
There’s no such good news about Laurent Koscielny or Olivier Giroud, however. Both the Frenchman have been called up for their ‘friendly’ matches with an Ozil-free Germany and Gibbs-laded England.
It’s a worry because Koscielny is carrying a hip injury while Giroud is our only fit striker. The HFB is in fine form at the moment, but his goalscoring tends to tally with his tiredness levels.
When he’s a bit jaded he finds it tough going, so hopefully he won’t be too knackered after playing in these games which don’t matter one bit.