Germany head coach Joachim Low has confirmed that Toni Kroos will not play his country’s final World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan due to injury.

The Real Madrid midfielder is suffering from a rib problem, having featured in the 3-1 win over Northern Ireland on Thursday.

Low has been cautious with his squad selection for these two encounters and also left out Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil from the initial panel on medical grounds.

“For us the most important thing is the players are in top shape next year and will get healthy through this challenging season until then,” he said. “We know, what we have in Toni. We can always rely on him, when it counts.”

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