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Germany's No. 1 keeper Rottenberg injured, damaging World Cup prospects

Germany's No. 1 keeper Rottenberg injured, damaging World Cup prospects

Germany's No. 1 goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg is in doubt for the upcoming World Cup after suffering a knee injury in practice for the Four Nations tournament.
The injury could be a serious blow to Germany _ the world's No. 1-ranked team _ which will be out to defend its World Cup title when the event opens in China on Sept. 10.
Team spokesman Niels Barnhofer said Sunday the extend of the injury was not clear, but if it's serious Rottenberg could be out for six months. She was expected to leave for Germany on Sunday.
"She's one of the best goalkeepers in the world and it hurts us a lot," Barnhofer said.
"We hope she will be ready for the World Cup, but right now we can't tell," he added. "It will be very close to get her ready."
Rottenberg injured her left knee in practice Saturday, twisting it as she was stopping a series of shots from teammates.
Rottenberg, 35, has played 123 times for Germany. She played on Friday in Germany's 0-0 draw with the No. 2-ranked United States on the opening day of the Four Nations tournament. The event features Germany, China, England and the United States and serves as a warmup for the World Cup.
Germany's only other goalkeeper in China is Stephanie Ullrich, who is expected to start in the two remaining games in the tournament against China and England. Ullrich has never played a game for Germany.
The No. 2 keeper for Germany is Nadine Angerer, who has not made the trip to China.


Updated : 2021-06-17 11:26 GMT+08:00