In September 2017 it was announced that he had fractured his same foot, and was to be ruled out of action until January.
Loew also opted to stick with the experienced Mario Gomez as his second-choice striker behind Timo Werner and picked Freiburg's Nils Petersen ahead of Sandro Wagner. He was one of four goalkeepers to be selected as Germany coach Joachim Loew gives him every chance of proving his fitness for the tournament in Russian Federation.
Low - who agreed a contract extension to 2022 on Tuesday - has left out Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner, as well as Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, who scored the goal that clinched the World Cup title four years ago in Brazil.
Loew's chosen squad came with a number of surprises, as he chose to include Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, although he isn't ready yet, as some press reports said that he's not fully recovered from the injury he had suffered last September.
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Petersen helped his club stay in the Bundesliga with 15 goals in 32 league appearances, eight of those as a substitute.
Germany have announced their preliminary 27-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, and there's a place in the squad for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Germany face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in World Cup Group F and will prepare in the Italian Alps from May 23 to June 5 ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.
Neuer returned to training with Bayern last month and is expected to be selected for a two-week long training camp in northern Italy before Loew makes a last-minute decision on his captain.