Two players on Germany’s World Cup roster were part of a car crash on Tuesday in Northern Italy.
Schalke teammates Benedikt Hoewedes and Julian Draxler were both passengers in cars driven by Formula One star Nico Rosberg, just hours after his win at the Monaco Grand Prix, and fellow driver Pascal Wehrlein.
Quite why they were allowed to ride in powerful racing cars in the lead up to a World Cup is beyond me…
Both players walked away unharmed but two people were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, after being hit by the car that Wehrlein was driving. The crash occurred during a sponsorship event with German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.
The DPA news agency reports that both drivers were doing laps of a circuit in the mountains near the German national team’s training base in South Tyrol when the incident happened.
German soccer federation spokesman Jens Grittner said: “A driving exercise of our partner Mercedes-Benz ended in a serious accident. To our great regret, two people were injured. They were treated immediately and brought to hospital.”
After the accident German head coach Joachim Löw cancelled a training game against the German U-20 side and Hoewedes and Draxler both trained with the team privately instead. Germany face the U.S. national team at the World Cup this summer in Group G. They have off in Recife on June 26.
This is what F1 star Rosberg had to say about the accident via Tiwtter.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.