Sam replaces Draxler in Germany squad, Hummels withdraws
Düsseldorf - Germany coach Joachim Löw has reacted to Julian Draxler's withdrawal from the squad to face Scotland this weekend by calling up the 20-year-old's team-mate Sidney Sam, with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels also set to miss out.
Germany will open their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against the Scots at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park on Sunday.
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Draxler was withdrawn in the first half of Germany's 4-2 friendly loss to Argentina in Düsseldorf on Wednesday evening with a hamstring injury, but Sam's nomination ensures Löw will have a healthy array of attacking talent to choose from, with Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller among others also in the fold. Kiel-born Sam, who has five caps for the national team, last played for his country in a 1-0 friendly victory over England at Wembley in November 2013 and has appeared in each of the Royal Blues' two Bundesliga games this season, having joined the club from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the summer. Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Dortmund's World Cup hero Mats Hummels, who did not play against Argentina, will also miss the Scotland encounter as he returns to full fitness after recent muscle problems.