02 July 2014 | News Comments

Hummels and Podolski return to German training

Germany defender Mats Hummels and winger Lukas Podolski took part in training today and are ready for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France.

Hummels, a stalwart of Germany's central defence, came down with flu before the last-16 match against Algeria on Monday.

Podolski pulled a thigh muscle in the final Group G game against the US.

Assistant coach Andreas Koepke said the only injured player in the squad was defender Shkodran Mustafi.

He suffered a torn hamstring in the Algeria match and will miss the rest of the tournament.

"Everyone was in training today and ready for action," Koepke told reporters. "And we assume they'll all be flying to Rio tonight."

Koepke said Hummels and Podolski took part in a closed training session, playing "football tennis" and jogging.