ESSEN — Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer has been ruled out of Tuesday's European Championship qualifier against Ireland, leaving the World Cup champions short of options for the game in Gelsenkirchen.
Germany coach Joachim Loew says Kramer, who started in Saturday's 2-0 loss in Poland, had a stomach bug on Sunday and is to leave the squad.
Germany is already without injured midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Marco Reus.
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Loew says Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi, who made an encouraging debut against Poland, will start against Ireland, as will defenders Antonio Ruediger and Erik Durm.Germany has three points from two games in Group D, which is led Poland and Ireland. Poland plays Scotland in Warsaw on Tuesday.
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