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Germany squad numbers hint at World Cup good news for Neuer, Sule may miss out

Pre-World Cup squad numbers for Germany suggest Manuel Neuer will travel but Kevin Trapp, Niklas Sule and Nils Petersen may miss out.

Germany have announced their squad numbers for World Cup preparation, which could indicate good news for Bayern Munich and national team captain Manuel Neuer.

The goalkeeper has not played since September following foot surgery and remained an unused substitute during Bayern’s 3-1 DFB-Pokal final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

But Neuer has retained the number one jersey in the Germany squad for matches against Austria and Saudi Arabia ahead of their World Cup defence.

The players handed numbers higher than 23 – the size of final World Cup squads – and potentially in danger of missing out are Paris Saint-Germain keeper Kevin Trapp, defenders Niklas Sule and Jonathan Tah and uncapped forward Nils Petersen.

Joachim Low’s side have been drawn in Group F for Russia 2018 alongside South Korea, Mexico and Sweden.

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