FIFA World Cup 2018: Injured Mesut Ozil will miss Germany's last warm-up match against Saudi Arabia

Berlin: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will miss Germany's final warm-up match on Friday with a knee injury, but the attacking midfielder's participation in the World Cup is not in danger, according to the German football federation.

Germany's first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be against Mexico on 17 June. AP

Germany's first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be against Mexico on 17 June. AP

Ozil, 29, will sit out the friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen with light bruising to his left knee, but was able to run in training on Thursday.

The midfielder, who picked up the injury in Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat to Austria, has not taken part in full training over the last four days at Germany's pre-World Cup camp in Eppan, north Italy.

"It's nothing dramatic, we just don't want to take any risk and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be okay for the World Cup," said Germany's team director Oliver Bierhoff.

Ozil, who finished the 2017/18 season with a back injury, faces a race to get his knee ready for Germany's first World Cup game against Mexico in Moscow on 17 June having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

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Updated Date: Jun 07, 2018 20:52 PM

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