Germany, who take on Ghana, Portugal and United States in Group G, leave for Brazil on Saturday evening with the 22-year-old Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi receiving an unexpected last-minute call-up following Reus' injury.
Reus, who enjoyed a superb season at Borussia Dortmund, was seen as a key player in Germany’s quest to claim their first international title in 18 years.
Mustafi, who won his only cap in May against Poland, was surprisingly part of the provisional squad but missed the cut as one of three players omitted from the final squad earlier this week.
“It was not about replacing Marco Reus in the same position,” Löw added. “We have a lot of quality in that position and a lot of options with Lukas Podolski, Andre Schürrle, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler and Toni Kroos. That is why we decided for an option in defence and Shkodran had been convincing in our training camp, he is fit and we have full confidence in him.”
Why hasn't this been posted yet?! My poor bby Marco! :'((((