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Germany sit second in Group J as it stands and can leapfrog leaders Armenia with victory at Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.
However, Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens – who played the full 90 minutes of Germany’s win over Liechtenstein in midweek – is set to miss the top-of-the-table clash after sustaining a foot injury.
The four-time World Cup winners may also be without Chelsea attacking midfielder Havertz, who has been suffering with an illness after playing an hour in St. Gallen on Thursday evening, the opening match of Flick’s reign.
Asked for an update on Germany’s fitness concerns, the newly-appointed Germany head coach told reporters: ‘Manuel Neuer has participated in the last session and will be available.
‘Robin Gosens won’t be able to play. But he is on the mend. He’s in much less pain today.
‘Kai Havertz has a mild flu-like infection, but it’s not that bad. We still have to see if he can train with us today (Saturday).
‘We won’t make that many changes. Much of the same team will play.’
Flick urged his players not to underestimate the opposition, with Armenia unbeaten four matches into their qualifying campaign for Qatar.
‘We are playing against an opponent who will play 4-4-2 and try to squeeze us early in midfield,’ he added.
‘Armenia have technically good and fast players. We have to be well prepared and be good defensively if we lose the ball.
‘Armenia tops the table and we will try to overtake them. With Armenia and Iceland we have games that are very important to us.
‘It’s about getting three points at a time.
‘We want to have nine points more in the end, that’s our big goal.’
Source: Metro Sport