Germany announce that Lars Bender has been ruled out of next month's World Cup in Brazil due to a thigh injury.
Germany have confirmed that midfielder Lars Bender will miss next month's World Cup in Brazil due to a thigh injury.
The 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen player was originally included in Joachim Low's provisional squad for the tournament.
However, German officials have released a statement claiming that Bender has been forced to pull out just two days after the squad arrived at a training camp in Italy.
Germany, who have won the World Cup three times, will face Portugal, Ghana and the United States in the group phase.
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