Concern is growing in Germany over the fitness level of Mesut Özil. According to German daily Bild, the Arsenal player has failed to train with the rest of the squad for the past four days. The German FA maintain that he is still suffering from a back problem which saw him miss the final part of the season with club side Arsenal but Bild claim that a knee problem is the real reason for the player's absence from training.
Özil sustained a knock to his knee after a clash with Sebastian Prödl during last weekend's friendly gama against Austria. Despite the knock occurring in the 42nd minute of the game Ozil carried on playing and wasn't subbed until the 76th minute of action..
Germany kick-off their Russia 2018 campaign on Sunday June 17 where they face Mexico. South Korea and Sweden are the other Group F opponents for Die Mannschaft who are looking to retain their World Cup crown.