Toni Kroos believes the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger should be part of the Germany squad which competes at the European Championships this summer even if he doesn’t make the first group game of the competition.
Germany take on Ukraine on June 12th in France in what will be their first clash in the Euros.
There are fears that Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger will miss the tournament after he partially tore ligaments in his knee while training with the national side this week but Kroos backed his compatriot to make a return.
“His value for the team has been underlined and proven many times over,” Kroos said.
“I won’t beat about the bush, it’s really key for Bastian to be part of the team.
“It’s not his first injury, either, so he’s got a certain expertise as far as coming back from injuries is concerned and even if he doesn’t make the first group match then he needs to at least be an intricate part of the squad.”
Schweinsteiger would have been bitterly disappointed to encounter the setback as he had only just returned from another injury in recent weeks.
Louis van Gaal, too, will be disappointed to hear too that he has lost an option in midfield. Marouane Fellaini will likely feature much more prominently in the final part of the campaign but it’s safe to say that he is not the flavour of the month at Old Trafford.