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Euro 2020: Germany boss Löw to miss qualifiers after accident

Euro 2020: Germany boss Löw to miss qualifiers after accident

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Joachim Löw's assistant Marcus Sorg will lead Germany in two European Championship qualifiers in June.

Germany coach Joachim Löw will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a "sporting accident".

The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Löw's treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.

Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later.

Boss to stay in close contact with assistants and team manager

Nevertheless, Löw plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.

"I'm feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks," Löw said in the DFB's statement.

"I'm in constant contact with my coaching team, and we'll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.

"Marcus Sorg, Andy Köpke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. "

Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Löw's absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.

He added: "The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.

"Marcus Sorg and Andy Köpke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway."

Germany began Euro 2020 campaign with win away to Dutch

Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.

Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.