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Moritz Fürste loses World Cup fitness battle

Captain Maximilian Müller returns to the Germany side for the 2014 hockey World Cup as does corner specialist Christopher Zeller but former world player of the year Moritz Fürste has not recovered from a knee injury in time to make the tournament.
 
Germany coach Markus Weise said he had chosen a squad with which he could work intensively with in the last two weeks of  preparation. The Dusseldorf four nations had shown his side was close to the mark but it remained to be seen if that could be turned into breakthrough in the Hague.

Long-time regulars Müller, Oliver Korn and Fürste were all under injury clouds ahead of the final selection. While Müller​ and Korn came through, Weise did not want to take the risk with Fürste after his cruciate ligament rupture,. Not least he wants to protect the 29-year-old who should be part of Germany’s longer-term plans to make it three Olympic titles in a row at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Zeller, who missed the 2013 European championships win due to an examination, is back and  world young player of the year Christopher Ruhr plays in his first major tournament.

 

Nr. Name                       Club                         Age      Caps (outdoor)
 

1   Jacobi, Nicolas (Tor)       UHC Hamburg             27           57
3   Butt, Linus                     Crefelder HTC             27           94
4   Müller, Maximilian           Nürnberger HTC          26           179
6   Häner, Martin                 Berliner HC                 25           109
8   Grambusch, Mats           Rot-Weiss Köln             21            19
10  Wesley, Christopher       Nürnberger HTC          26            84
13  Hauke, Tobias                Harvestehuder THC     26            204
14  Rabente, Jan-Philipp       UHC Hamburg             26            90
15  Wess, Benjamin              Rot-Weiss Köln           28            150
16  Arnold, Pilt                     Berliner HC                25            62
17  Rühr, Christopher           Uhlenhorst Mülheim      20           20
18  Korn, Oliver                   UHC Hamburg             29            146
19  Zeller, Christopher          Rot-Weiss Köln            29            187
20  Zwicker, Martin               Berliner HC                 27            91
23  Fuchs, Florian                 UHC Hamburg             22            97
24  Fürk, Benedikt                Uhlenhorst Mülheim     25            40
26  Stralkowski, Thilo            Uhlenhorst Mülheim     26           63
30  Reuß, Felix (Tor)              Uhlenhorst Mülheim     23            7

 

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