Germany boss Hansi Flick has provided an update on Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger’s fitness after the defender missed Sunday’s training session.

According to reports from Germany, the 28-year-old was absent from the training session due to back problems.

The centre-back actually played full 90 minutes in Germany’s midweek win over Romania, so the fitness issue might come as a surprise to many.

Fortunately, Flick has now clarified that it was not serious. He also confirmed that Rudiger is now back in contention to play against North Macedonia on Monday.

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“We have all the players on board. I also assume that every single one is fit for action,” the former Bayern Munich manager said during his press conference on Sunday (via Sport Buzzer).

“With Toni Rudiger, [his receiving treatment] was a precautionary measure. The final training session was more about recovery anyway.

 

“That’s why it was OK that he stayed in the hotel.”

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After the shock defeat to North Macedonia in the reverse fixture back in April, Flick might understandably want to field his strongest team in the upcoming match.

Ideally, however, Rudiger will get some rest regardless of the positive fitness update.

Germany now have a six-point lead over second-placed North Macedonia in Group J.

Flick also should have plenty of quality defensive options at his disposal to win this game even without Rudiger.

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