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Monday, January 21, 2013
German stars may miss U.S. tour to rest

Press Association

Germany coach Joachim Low says any player involved in the DFB Cup or Champions League finals will be excused from a postseason tour of the USA.

Germany heads to the United States at the end of May to play friendly matches against Ecuador, in Miami on May 29, and the U.S., in Washington on June 2.

The trip comes just days after the Champions League final in London and only a week after the league Cup final in Berlin, and Low does not want to overburden any of those players involved.

"We will leave out players who are in the cup or Champions League final, and maybe also players from foreign leagues," he said at a meeting of top-flight coaches in Dusseldorf on Monday.

"Many players have had short breaks in recent years and severely shortened preseasons, which was not ideal," he added.

His announcement was greeted by Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, whose side is still in the hunt for a place in both finals.

"It's the right and also an important decision," he said. "We are all quick to make demands of the lads, but they also need the time to recover, which is why I am very grateful to the Germany coach that he wants to give the players this time."

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