Updates from Tuesday, June 24
Thomas Muller has confirmed he is fit to face the USA in Germany's final World Cup group match.
Muller suffered a nasty cut against Ghana, but posted the following tweet:
Danke für die vielen Genesungswünsche. Alles gut bei mir, auch wenn ich wie ein wenig wie ein Boxer aussehe. :-) pic.twitter.com/uqVuj5naZB— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) June 23, 2014
He also posted some quotes on Facebook, provided by the Daily Mail's David Kent:
Thanks for the many well wishes. All good with me, even if I look a little like a boxer.
Do not worry, I'm well again. My cut was expertly sewn from Doc after playing with five stitches, so I already have a clear view, even if the eye is still a little green and blue.
On Thursday we enjoy a tough match against the USA. But what is clear: We want to be first in the group! And with your support we will make it!
A frustrating day for Germany took a turn for the worse when Thomas Mueller suffered a gruesome head injury late into his team's 2-2 draw against Ghana.
The Bayern Munich midfielder went up to contest a header with defender John Boye and ended up taking a shoulder to the face. You can see the incident below, per Bleacher Report UK:
As a result, Mueller's face became the proverbial crimson mask, per World Soccer Talk:
Here's Muller at the end of the match after colliding into a defender's shoulder. Looks like he's still being treated pic.twitter.com/l7imCll5SY— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) June 21, 2014
You can see a photo of the injury below, per Toni Le on Twitter:
At the time of writing, the severity of the injury was unknown.
Mueller will have five days to recover before Germany take on the United States in their final match of the group stage. Having taken only a point off Ghana, getting a result against the U.S. may be a necessity for Die Mannschaft.
The Bayern star has become one of Joachim Low's most indispensable stars in the attack. He assisted Mario Goetze for Germany's opener against the Black Stars and registered a hat-trick in the 4-0 thrashing of Portugal.
Low will need Mueller back on the pitch in order to put Germany in the best position to qualify for the knockout stages.