Germany manager Joachim Low confirmed Antonio Rudiger will start in their friendly match against Czech Republic and explained his Timo Werner decision.
While Kai Havertz is ruled out for the November international break after testing positive for Covid-19, his Chelsea teammates Rudiger and Werner have been called up the Germany squad.
Germany will play their remaining two UEFA Nations League fixtures against Ukraine and Spain on Saturday (14 November) and Tuesday (17 November). But before that, they face Czech Republic in a friendly game on Wednesday (11 November).
Speaking in the press conference, Low confirmed several players in his line-up against the Czech Republic (via DFB official website): “Antonio Rüdiger, Robin Koch and Julian Brandt are sure to start.”
Meanwhile, Timo Werner is among eight Germany internationals who have been given some rest and will only join the rest of the squad for the Nations League fixtures.
“We made a conscious decision that players who have recently played a lot of games will not come until Thursday so that they have a mix of stress and regeneration,” he added.
“We then have to decide how to approach [the team management], I can’t predict that yet.”
From Chelsea’s perspective, these are really helpful decisions.
Werner started every game for the Blues since the last international break and a few days of rest will certainly help him.
On the other hand, international games will help Rudiger, who has been lacking game time at Stamford Bridge since Thiago Silva’s arrival.