Schneider out of Germany's Euro 2008 squad


The Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder was originally rated as doubtful for the tournament after the operation in Hanover on April 25.

On Friday, however, Germany coach Joachim Löw received final confirmation of the 34-year-old’s unavailability, when he was informed that Schneider has been told not to resume training for the foreseeable future.

“The loss of Schneider really hurts us, as with his experience and class he is a vital element and leader in our team,” said Löw, whose side faces Poland in their Group B opener on June 8.

“We waited a few extra days to allow the doctors to come to a decision about the Euro, but now we must accept the fact that Bernd’s recovery programme will not allow for a speedy return.”

The news nonetheless means that Löw can focus his attentions on finding a replacement for Schneider during Germany’s remaining pre-tournament friendlies.

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