Ozil to be rested in final Germany friendly

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The German National Team technical staff is hoping some rest for Mesut Ozil will pay off once the World Cup begins.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Thursday that Ozil will be rested in Germany’s final World Cup preparation match against Saudi Arabia on Friday due to a bruised knee. Ozil has also struggled with some back issues in training camp, and is now in a race against time to be 100 percent fit for Germany’s World Cup opener on June 17 against Mexico.

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Ozil is expected to be a key member in Germany’s attack as it looks to defend its World Cup title.