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Havertz dropped from Germany squad because of injury



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BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has been ruled out of Germany's European Championship qualifiers due to a left thigh injury.

Bayer Leverkusen said Monday the 20-year-old Havertz tore a muscle in his thigh during the side's 2-0 win at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. He will miss Germany's games against Belarus in Mönchengladbach on Saturday and Northern Ireland in Frankfurt on Nov. 19.

Leverkusen did not say how long it expects Havertz to be sidelined.

Havertz is the second player to drop out for Germany's squad after Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus pulled out with an ankle problem.

Several players were left out of the squad of coach Joachim Löw because of injuries, including Niklas Süle, Leroy Sané, Julian Draxler, Antonio Rüdiger, Thilo Kehrer, Marcel Halstenberg and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

Matthias Ginter, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector and Nico Schulz returned from injury.

Germany is tied with the Netherlands at the top of Group C.

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