Low confirms Bastian Schweinsteiger will start vs. France

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has recovered from a knee injury in time to play against France in the EURO semifinal on Thursday.

After picking up a knock in the quarters against Italy, Schweinsteiger’s status was in doubt as injuries hit the German team at a crucial time.

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While Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez will both miss the semifinal, manager Joachim Low confirmed that Schweinsteiger would start and captain the side on Thursday in Marseille.

I have the team in my head and Bastian Schweinsteiger will definitely start.

I said if he trains 100% without complaints then he’ll play. He trained this morning and had no complaints.

The injury is cured and he showed against Italy he’s got the strength to play from the start, and I believe he’s very, very important, particularly in such a game – his experience is very valuable.

At 31-years-old, Schweinsteiger is set to make his third appearance in a EURO semifinal, having also featured in that stage in both 2008 and 2012. The only other player to achieve this feat is Cristiano Ronaldo, who did so in Portugal’s win over Wales on Wednesday.