Mesut Ozil will not be part of Germany’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan as Joachim Low wants them to be fresh later in the season.
The Germany coach obviously views the two games as winnable without the Arsenal playmaker and fellow midfielder Sami Khedira, banking on the vast array of talent he has at his disposal these days.
Ozil has been dealing with a minor knee injury in recent weeks, and although he came on as a sub against West Brom on Monday, was not part of the Europa League squad for the game against BATE Borisov.
Explaining his decision, Low said, “With Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, I assume that they will be better rested during the international break.
“This is more important to them at the moment. What is crucial to us is that our players are in peak condition next year.”
It’s another example of sensible management from the German national team who have, in the past, allowed Ozil time off for friendly games and fixtures against relatively easy opposition.
It’s expected that the 28 year old will be fit and involved in the squad for Sunday’s game against Brighton, but whether he reclaims a starting spot remains to be seen.