2010 FIFA World Cup: Does German Exile Torsten Frings Deserve a Recall?

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2010 FIFA World Cup: Does German Exile Torsten Frings Deserve a Recall?
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Following Germany's midfield unit leading up to the World Cup has been like watching the movie Saving Private Ryan .

The group has been so battered and bruised you'd think manager Joachim Low's players were actually going through war in between training sessions.

Germany's National Squad was hit with yet devastating blow today when the team was informed that Stuttgart midfielder Christian Trasch will miss the World Cup due to a sprained ankle sustained on Monday night.

Trasch lasted a mere eight minutes into a friendly against FC Sudtirol before he was helped off the field by the medical staff on hand.  After further examination, doctors suggested that Trasch rest his bum ankle for four weeks.

He was expected to make the final 23-man squad.

The list of injuries to date sustained by German midfielders includes captain Michael Ballack of Chelsea, who is also nursing an ankle, Simon Rolfes of Leverkusen who is dealing with a tweaked knee, and now Trasch of Stuttgart.

Joachim Low has already began trying to piece this midfield puzzle back together by nominating Sami Khedira to take the place of Ballack at center midfield. 

However, placing Khedira at the center spot has stirred up some questions among supporters. 

Many expected Khedira to play defensive midfield, he was fashioned to be just one of the many young stars Germany is hoping to showcase to the world in South Africa.

Skeptical supporters have already begun theorizing who will play defensive midfielder for Germany.  Defenders like Phillip Lahm, Heiko Westermann and Jerome Boateng have all been mentioned.  Some even fancy seeing central midfielder Bastian Scheweinsteiger being slotted there.

But what about Torsten Frings?

The 33-year-old midfielder from Werder Bremen made German headlines earlier in the year after Low relieved him of his national team duties, causing a row amongst Ballack and Low over how the veteran players on the team were being treated.

The natural defensive midfielder had amassed 79 caps before falling out of favor with Low in February of 2009.

Frings was arguably the team's best playmaker in Euro 2008, he's stout defensively, knows how to keep the shape of the midfield when tracking back, and is surprisingly creative going forward.

The seasoned vet earned Werder Bremen a spot in Champions League qualifying and notched over 10 goals for the first time in his career.

Frings' age does not align him with the "youth movement" that is currently taking place on Germany's team right now, but with Ballack and Rolfes out, Low might do well to recall Frings to die Mannschaft because of his valuable experience.

Torsten appeared to be rather bitter over the situation when he was last approached about it in April, saying that "My hopes of playing at the World Cup have already been taken from me."

Low is unlikely to budge on the situation either, Frings' dropping has already caused him enough grief what with the media and supporters, even his own players on his back about "showing a lack of respect" to veteran squad members.

If Frings is brought back, it could open up a whole new can of worms.

Ignoring the undertones and implicit storylines of the situation, Frings has the skill and experience to help this German team. The only question now is: "will Low pull the trigger?"

The German skipper is still holding firm on his stance of not recalling anyone. However, I wouldn't put anything past Low, given what has already transpired thus far.

 

 

 

 

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