Germany’s Sami Khedira has insisted that Bastian Schweinsteiger still has a lot to offer the national side at the highest level following the veteran’s latest injury.
Schweinsteiger partially tore ligaments in his knee while training with Germany last week and there are fears that the Manchester United midfielder’s season is over.
Khedira has taken the captain’s armband for his country in Schweinsteiger’s absence but he backed his teammate to return to a prominent role in Joachim Low’s side.
“I have to say that it is a big honour for me to captain the Germany national team,” Khedira said.
“In fact, we have several players who can take responsibility. In the end the manager decides who wears the captaincy. But personally it’s not that important for me at the moment because Bastian Schweinsteiger is still our captain. Everyone who writes him off makes a big mistake.”
Schweinsteiger put in a Man of the Match performance as Germany won the World Cup in 2014 and his injury is a big blow for them.
On a personal level, Schweinsteiger will be bitterly disappointed having only just returned from another injury. Louis van Gaal will have to turn to the likes of Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford in the former Bayern Munich man’s absence.