Euro2016: Schweinsteiger passed fit for Germany clash with France

Bastian Schweinsteiger will return to Germany’s starting line-up for Thursday’s Euro2016 semi-final with France.

The Manchester United midfielder came off the bench to replace Sami Khedira in the quarter-final triumph over Italy but slightly aggravated an injury which had him in doubt for the final four fixture with the French in Marseille.

Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed that the 31-year-old will be in the eleven after shaking off the problem.

“I have the team in my head and Bastian Schweinsteiger will definitely start,” said Low.

“I always said that if he trains 100 per cent without complaints then he will play.

“He trained this morning and had no complaints. The injury is cured and he showed against Italy he’s got the strength to play from the start, and I believe he’s very, very important, particularly in such a game – his experience is very valuable.

“We have three players – Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels – who we have to replace, which is not easy, and this is why it is important that an experienced player like Bastian starts.

“If he’s not strong enough to last the whole game, then we’ve got alternatives to come on later.”

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