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Coach: Germany fully fit for US match Thursday

By: Associated Press
June 25, 2014 Updated: June 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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photo - Germany's Sami Khedira, left, and Ghana's Sulley Muntari challenge for the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Germany's Sami Khedira, left, and Ghana's Sulley Muntari challenge for the ball during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) 

RECIFE, Brazil — Germany coach Joachim Loew says defender Jerome Boateng, midfielder Sami Khedira and the rest of his 23-man squad are fit to play against the United States in their World Cup Group G finale on Thursday.

Boateng and Khedira were substituted in Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana on Saturday because of injuries. Boateng came off after the first half with a sore left thigh, while Khedira was replaced due to a left knee problem in the 70th minute.

Loew says both players were training by Monday, but stops short of confirming they'll be in Thursday's lineup.

Meanwhile, Loew says his friendship with U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, interesting as it may be to many, will have no bearing on a game he views as "just like any other."

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