Lukas Podolski became Germany’s third highest capped player on Friday evening when he came off the bench in Kazakhstan to make his 108th appearance for Die Mannschaft.
However, despite the impressive achievement, which saw the Arsenal man move level with ex-Spud Jurgen Klinsmann in the pecking order, speculation is mounting in the German press that Podolski might require surgery on a troublesome ankle problem.
Express.de suggests that the 27-year-old could go under the knife at the end of the season with a view to once and for all overcoming an injury which he first sustained while at former club Cologne.
It’s only speculation at the moment (the report stressing that no decision has been made) but having only completed four games for the Gunners since his summer move, and with only one start to his name in the last six, it certainly looks as though he’s being treated with kid gloves.
On the plus side, our striker has played down any suggestion he wants to leave N5 again reasserting that he is happy in London both on and off the pitch.
“I want to say two things,” he told Bild (translated by Sky Sports). “Firstly, I cannot help it that clubs are interested in me. And there are always people behind the scenes who want to float something in this business.
“Secondly, any interest makes me proud because it is a recognition of my performance in London. It is unlikely [that I will leave] because, at the club and in the town, I feel really comfortable.
“As a player you have peace and quiet. I appreciate that very much. Therefore, I can honestly say: I am not preparing for any change.”
In further Poldi news, Express.de also report that Lukas is in talks with Cologne about buying a personalised box in which he can entertain friends and family, hold meetings and store an assortment of signed shirts and memorabilia. Apparently he’s ready to pay up to €150,000 a year for the ‘Poldimuseum’ overlooking the pitch at the Rhein Energie Stadium…which is nice.