Kehl injury update provides brighter news for Germany

May 7, 2006

FRANKFURT, May 7 (Reuters) - An ankle injury to Germany midfielder Sebastian Kehl in Borussia Dortmund's match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday turned out to be less serious than first feared.

Germany assistant coach Joachim Loew said on Sunday that Kehl had suffered only a strained ligament and not a tear, as first feared.

"That's the best news of the day that Sebastian Kehl was not hurt as badly as we first thought," Loew said. "He is going to play a big role in our planning."

Kehl suffered the injury late in a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

The 26-year-old made his comeback for Germany after a long absence in a 4-1 win over the United States in March.

Juergen Klinsmann names his World Cup squad on May 15. The hosts get the World Cup underway with a Group A match against Costa Rica in Munich on June 9.