Chelsea forward Timo Werner will miss Germany’s international friendly against Turkey on Wednesday due to illness (Match Result – Germany 1/3, Draw19/5, Turkey 15/2).
Werner is said to be suffering from flu-like symptoms, with Germany assistant boss Marcus Sorg admitting they are awaiting test results to uncover the extent of the problem, but he is hopeful the 24-year-old will be able to link-up with the squad after the game in Cologne.
Boss Joachim Low is expected to name an experimental team against Turkey, with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka likely to be rested ahead of their upcoming UEFA Nations League games with Ukraine and Switzerland.
Germany will still fancy their chances of beating Turkey, as they have won 14 of the 20 previous clashes between the two nations, most recently prevailing 3-1 back in 2011.
Die Mannschaft are not the only big team in action on Wednesday, with European Champions Portugal set to entertain Iberian rivals Spain in Lisbon (Match Result – Portugal 6/4, Draw 9/4, Spain 7/4).
This will be the first meeting between the two sides since their memorable 3-3 draw at the 2018 World Cup, a match that saw Cristiano Ronaldo net a hat-trick, although both teams are likely to rotate their line-ups ahead of their upcoming Nations League games.
World Champions France are also in action on Wednesday when they play host to Ukraine at the Stade de France (Match Result – France 1/6, Draw 11/2, Ukraine 16/1).
Didier Deschamps’s side won both their Nations League matches last month and have a nine-game unbeaten run to protect, while Ukraine’s own long run without suffering defeat was ended in emphatic fashion when they were thrashed by Spain last month.
Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan and Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, who was a transfer target for Arsenal, could be handed their debuts in this fixture for France, who have only lost one of their nine previous meetings with Ukraine.
Some of the other more eyecatching friendlies to look out for on Wednesday include Switzerland’s home clash with World Cup finalists Croatia and the Netherlands’ meeting with Mexico at the Johan Cruyff Arena.