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Süle's injury leaves Löw with just one viable option

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The duel between Niklas Süle and Florian Niederlechner looked innocuous enough. But as soon as the Bayern Munich defender screamed in agony and dropped like a pin, clutching his left knee, it was clear he'd be spending a prolonged period on the treatment table.

The confirmation of an anterior cruciate ligament rupture is devastating for player, club, and country. Süle suffered the same injury, in the same knee, almost five years ago. It's difficult enough coming back from one ACL.

Germany coach Joachim Löw in particular would have had reason to cringe at the sight. Germany's defense has crumbled in recent months and looks certain to disintegrate without their best center back to lead the line.

Euros ruled out

"Süle can forget the European Championship. It makes no sense, he should concentrate on the new season," Uli Hoeness said.

DW's Janek Speight

The Bayern president has good reason to rule........

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