Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the reminder of Euro 2016 after he hobbled out of the game against Italy.
The loss of Gomez, who has scored once in the tournament so far, is a blow for Low, as he is the only out-and-out striker in the Germany squad. He was replaced by Julian Draxler against Italy.
The German Football Association (DFB) said in a statement: “Another appearance for the striker in the Euros is not an option.”
Germany coach Joachim Low said: “It is very bitter to lose important players, especially at this crucial stage of the tournament.I am especially sorry for Mario. He has produced strong performances in the Euros and helped the team a lot, not only with his goals.
“For us it means that we have to accept a new situation and find solutions. And we will do so.The quality of our squad is high, I have full confidence in all our players. We will be ready for Thursday and are looking forward to the semi-final in Marseille.”
Midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are doubts for Thursday’s semi-final – and the final should the world champions get that far – after the former took a blow to his knee against Italy and the latter suffered an adductor injury.