UEFA Nations League: Under-pressure Germany side without injured Jerome Boateng ahead of France clash
Jerome Boateng will be missing when Germany take on France in their UEFA Nations League tie after the Bayern Munich defender was substituted with injury against Wales.
Berlin: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Tuesday's away Nations League match against France in Paris with the under-fire Germans eager to avoid a record sixth defeat in a calendar year.
Boateng picked up a calf injury in Amsterdam as the Germans were hammered 3-0 by the Netherlands on Saturday to leave them bottom of their Nations League group. The 30-year-old centre-back was injured with 20 minutes left, but finished the match as Germany coach Joachim Loew had already used his three substitutions with the Germans chasing the game at 1-0 down before the Dutch scored two late goals.
Boateng, a 2014 World Cup winner, will be replaced against the French by either his Bayern Munich team-mate Niklas Sule or Bayer Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah, who was drafted into the senior squad on Saturday after captaining the Under-21 team on Friday.
After the debacle in Amsterdam, Germany are eager for a victory at the Stade de France in Paris to avoid becoming the first senior German national side to lose six times in a single year and ease the mounting pressure on Loew.
Flick is the red-hot favourite to replace Loew, having asked to be released from his Bayern contract.
Euro 2020 is scheduled to play 51 games in 31 days with few days available as back-ups. Matches will be played on schedule if each team has at least 13 players, including one goalkeeper, available for selection.
Bayern, and Martinez, are on the brink of winning a ninth straight league title this Saturday.