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Germans play down flu bug

Germany coach Joachim Low has played down the severity of a flu bug that has affected several players ahead of Friday’s World Cup quarter-final with France.

Low said some of his players had "throat aches" but added: "It's too early to make any final decisions about the line-up.\"

Christoph Kramer and Mats Hummels had the bug earlier this week, with the latter missing the last 16 victory over Algeria as a result.

The Germans believe being exposed to air conditioning for long periods of time, plus the different climates they have been exposed to, have not helped.

They have played in severe heat, heavy rain and then almost wintery conditions in Porto Alegre.

But Low said: "It's not all that bad at the moment. I don't want to dramatise it."