Low downbeat over Cacau fitness

  • By: Simon Stone, Press Association Sport Chief Football Writer, Cape Town
  • Last Updated: July 2 2010, 14:45 BST

Germany coach Joachim Low has virtually ruled Cacau out of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final with Argentina in Cape Town.

Cacau - unlikely to face Argentina.

The forward missed last weekend's defeat of England with an abdominal strain and has not trained since.

Low has not entirely ruled the Bayern Munich star out of his plans but admitted: "We have to be realistic. I don't think he will be able to play."

Germany's other major injury doubt is striker Lukas Podolski, who missed training on Thursday with a muscle strain.

"He has had physio in our hotel," confirmed Low. "The plan is for him to take part in training this evening.

"If he fails his fitness test, we will have to come up with another solution."

The answer is likely to be either Marko Marin or Marcell Jansen as Germany look to repeat their victory over the South Americans at the same stage of the competition four years ago.

Happily, Low had better news of young playmaker Mesut Ozil, who also missed training on Thursday but only so he could have a rest after a tiring campaign.

"Last year, Ozil played in the European Under-21 championships so he has had a long season," said Low.

"He lost energy in the weeks leading up to the tournament and then worked very hard against England, so I gave him a day off to recharge his batteries."