Gomez Disappointed At World Cup Exclusion
German international Mario Gomez was one of the high-profile absentees from the provisional squad announced by Germany manager Joachim Loew for the World Cup 2014. The former Bayern Munich striker has played little football in the last few months. He has been injured for most of this period. Loew said that the 28-year-old would not have been able to handle the rigours of playing in the heat of Brazil. Hence, he has decided to omit the player, who has 60 international appearances under his belt.
After learning about the decision, the striker took to Facebook in order to express his sadness at missing out on the squad for the World Cup. He says that this news not only brings sadness that he will miss this competition, but he has also been missing the Euro 2012 and the Coppa Italia final as well. Gomez suffered a knee injury midway through the season. His absence along with Giuseppe Rossi’s injury meant that Fiorentina were unable to challenge for a top three place, which would have given them Champions League football.
The 28-year-old says that he will now step up his efforts to continue rehabilitation in the hope that he will be back on the pitch at the start of the next season in 100%.
“So … now the World Cup. After the [Italian] championship and the [Coppa Italia] final, I even miss the World Cup. It was a call from the coach that hurt. Until recently, I believed I’d be fit in time. But, unfortunately, the injuries have set me back again and, in the end, the ugliest season of my career ends with a further setback. Almost seven months of knee injuries were just too much. That annoys me infinitely! I shall come back again, as [I’ve] often done in my career,” said Gomez.