Lars Bender ruled out of Germany's World Cup campaign with thigh injury

Leverkusen's midfielder Lars Bender plays the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen in the German city of Gelsenkirchen on April 13, 2013
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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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