German press react to Mesut Ozil injury - Schurrle to replace him?

Andre Schurrle & Mesut Ozil

Sport-BILD have reported on Arsenal trequartista long-term injury and have suggested that Chelsea star Andre Schurrle could take his place.

One Premier League star is out of Germany's upcoming European Championship qualifying fixtures against Poland and Ireland on October 11 and 14 respectively, however, Die Mannschaft may be able to compensate with an equally effective replacement - also plying his trade in the English division.

That is, according to German publication Sport-BILD, who have reported that Germany boss Joachim Low could unleash his secret weapon Andre Schurrle, of Chelsea, against the Polish defence on Saturday.

Schurrle, of course, would be replacing injury-stricken Mesut Ozil, who will be out of action for at least three months due to a partial tear in his left knee joint. The Arsenal playmaker becomes the eighth injured Gunner according to the latest figures on reported injuries.

"Ozil will play no more games this year," reported BILD. "Schurrle is prepared as he has undergone secret training together with his colleagues."

Schurrle achieved instant hero status in Germany for his involvement in the recent 2014 FIFA World Cup as it was his cross that assisted Mario Gotze for the winning goal in the climactic final against beaten Argentina.

Yet Schurrle may receive competition for Ozil's place by Lukas Podolski, who BILD claim has been training on the left hand side of the pitch during sessions this week.

Schurrle has started four Chelsea games in the Premier League this season and made a further two substitute appearances. Thus far, he has returned two goals from 15 shots.

Podolski, meanwhile, has been limited to just three appearances from the bench in the Premier League for Arsenal.

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