Germany would suffer a “big loss” if Manchester United’s injured midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger did not make the European Championships this summer, according to former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Schweinsteiger suffered a knee ligament injury while training with Germany last week and there are fears that the veteran could be out of action for the rest of the campaign.
Hitzfeld, who worked with Schweinsteiger at Bayern, insisted Schweinsteiger still has a lot to offer the national side and that his absence would be a loss.
“It would be sad for German football if he is were out of the Euros because this tournament is still a great goal for him,” Hitzfeld said.
“That would be a big loss for the national team. Also, a human loss – for Bastian is the captain and holds the team together. He is still an absolute role model.
“If he should be fit for the European Championship, it will be an important component for Joachim Low, if Bastian can bring consistent performances.
“If he gets match practice and, therefore physically fit, he is still a highly intelligent player.”
Schweinsteiger had only just returned to action for Man United following a lengthy absence but he is now back to square one.
The German had underwhelmed certain sections of the United faithful this term given his reputation in world football but his experience is invaluable and his absence is undoubtedly a huge loss for both club and country.