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Germany defenders Boateng and Hummels out of Argentina friendly, midfielder Khedira doubtful

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DUESSELDORF. Germany — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up Hoffenheim midfielder Sebastian Rudy for Wednesday's friendly with Argentina after defenders Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels withdrew with injury.

Loew says Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is doubtful due to a knee problem and he called up Rudy because "we have a shortage in defensive midfield."

PHOTO: Gemany's head coach Joachim Loew gestures during an open training session ahead of the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina on Wednesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Gemany's head coach Joachim Loew gestures during an open training session ahead of the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina on Wednesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Rudy, 24, made his debut in the 0-0 friendly draw with Poland on May 13 before the World Cup.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has also been ruled out of Wednesday's game with an ankle problem.

Newly appointed captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has a lingering knee injury and Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker have retired, meaning Germany will field a much-changed side to the one that beat Argentina in the World Cup final.

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