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Timo Werner held out of Germany squad after ‘flu-like’ symptoms — report

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Timo Werner was called by Germany as usual, alongside Chelsea teammates Kai Havertz and Antonio Rüdiger, but unlike the latter two, Timo has not yet joined the squad.

According to Goal’s Kerry Hau, that’s because of “flu-like symptoms”, which obviously could mean something as potentially serious as COVID-19, or something as generally benign as the common flu. As we enter the colder, winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, this is going to be an increasingly common situation unfortunately. (Just because we now have another coronavirus, that doesn’t mean that the usual infections during flu-season go away — so go get your flu shot!)

Hau says that Werner’s test results are pending, though if he’s indeed sick with whatever disease — be that any communicable disease, mild or not — he shouldn’t be going to work. If there’s one thing we learn from this pandemic, it’s hopefully that. Stay home, if you’re symptomatic!

Anyway, hopefully we hear soon what Timo’s ailment may be, and hopefully he gets to just stay home and recuperate during this international break.

The report adds that Kai Havertz is set to start for Germany against Turkey, so presumably he’s doing fine.