Marco Reus on his bike as Low cuts Dortmund ace from final Germany Euro 2016 squad
German superstar Marco Reus has been omitted from his nation's 23-man Euro 2016 squad while Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has made the cut.
Germany coach Joachim Low, whose side will come up against Northern Ireland in their final group game in Paris on June 21, said the decision to exclude Reus, one of Germany's most exciting players, was because the Borussia Dortmund midfielder has "massive health problems".
Going into more detail, Low - who led his country to the World Cup in 2014 - explained that the mysterious injury means Reus "can only run in a straight line".
Given the strains of potentially six weeks of action in France, Low said he simply could not take the risk and include the midfielder, who also missed out on that World Cup triumph two years ago because of injury.
"With Marco Reus, the situation is the doctors cannot give me any definite forecast," Low said.
"Marco has serious health problems. At the moment, he can only run in a straight line.
"The doctors are sceptical that he will be fully fit in the coming weeks and with these demanding games. Therefore, it's a bitter decision for us and for him, and disappointing for everybody - he would have been a huge enrichment for us."
Meanwhile, room was found in the squad for Schweinsteiger, the United midfielder who has made just six appearances this year because of ongoing injury problems.
"The doctors have confirmed that Bastian and Mats Hummels are going to be fit" reported Low.
Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt and Sebastian Rudy were also sent back from Germany's training camp in Ascona, Switzerland.
Germany's first game is against Ukraine on June 12 in Lille.
Germany squad: Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Emre Can (Liverpool), Antonio Rudiger (Roma). Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund). Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Mario Gomez (Besiktas).