St. Martin/Italy - Germany's FIFA World Cup preparations suffered a setback after Benedikt Höwedes and Julian Draxler were involved in a car accident on Tuesday.
The FC Schalke 04 duo were in two vehicles driven by racing driver Pascal Wehrlein and Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg when the incident took place, although all four escaped unharmed. Two pedestrians, however, were taken to hospital - one with serious injuries.
Germany head coach Joachim Löw consequently cancelled a planned practice match against the German under-20s, with Draxler, Höwedes and the rest of the team instead taking part in a private training circuit.
Mercedes-Benz Motorsport's statement in full:
An accident occurred during a visit to the training camp of the German National Football Team: while driving on a closed circuit, DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein injured two people whom he unexpectedly encountered walking on the closed course. We cannot offer any statement concerning the severity of injuries, as both injured parties are currently undergoing medical treatment. Pascal Wehrlein was uninjured in the accident. We deeply regret this accident and send wishes of quick recovery to the injured. We will work in full cooperation with the authorities in determining the exact circumstances of the accident.
I am shocked by the accident. My thoughts are with the two people who were injured and I wish them a fast recovery
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) May 27, 2014