Seven of Germany's players, including Golden Boot contender Thomas Muller, are sick as the team prepares for its quarterfinal matchup against France on Friday, The Daily Mail reported.
Manager Joachim Low downplayed the issue, although he confirmed that the players were "slightly ill" and were battling "sore throats." Low, eager to minimize the chatter, added that "it's not that bad at the moment. I don't want to over-dramatize it."
The outlet noted that Muller, who is tied for second in the World Cup with four goals, showed "symptoms of the flu" before Germany's 2-1 win over Algeria. The Daily Mail also mentioned Mats Hummels and Christoph Kramer as players who could be under the weather.
Asked for a reason, and Joachim Low cited the team's hectic travel schedule recently. Germany had to face the US in flooded Recife (east coast of Brazil) before traveling to Porto Alegre, which is along the southern edge, to face Algeria.
"We're constantly having to travel between different climate zone," Low said per the outlet. "It's understandable that the guys get a bit under the weather, and that it starts to spread."
We'll keep you updated with the latest on the players' conditions ahead of tomorrow's match.