Germany's Boateng ruled out of internationals
BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich central defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Germany's international matches against San Marino and Italy after picking up an adductor muscle injury in their 1-1 league draw against Hoffenheim on Saturday.
The 28-year-old was taken off in the 82nd minute and will need a few days to recover.
"The injury is nothing complicated," said Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "But it would be careless to let him go there."
Germany travel to San Marino on Nov. 11 for a World Cup qualifier before taking on Italy in Milan four days later in an friendly.
Germany coach Joachim Loew's squad is without several injured players while some others, including Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, have been given a rest.
"We take the last qualifying matches of the year very seriously. In San Marino we want to reap a victory to cement our first place in the group. At the same time we want to give young players a chance," Loew said.
"We want to see Serge Gnarby, Yannick Gerhardt and Benjamin Henrichs, who we all know from the Under-21. We have registered their good performances in the last months," he added.
Manchester City's Leroy Sane, Dortmund's Andre Schuerrle as well as Roma's Antonio Ruediger did not make it into the squad as they recently returned from injuries.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)