Unwanted headache for Germany as Mario Gomez misses rest of Euro 2016

Striker picked up a hamstring injury against Italy

Mario Gomez, Germany

Germany's Mario Gomez grimaces in pain during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Italy, at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Saturday, July 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

With Sami Khedira a major doubt for the rest of Euro 2016, Germany have been hit with another blow as they move within a step of the final.

Centre-forward Mario Gomez has now been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after his withdrawal through injury against Italy in the tense quarter-final in Bordeaux.

 

The 30-year-old forward was taken off in the second half with a hamstring injury and it is also a tactical blow for Germany.

While Mario Gotze began the tournament as a False 9, his underwhelming form forced manager Joachim Loew to Gomez - a more traditional centre-forward option - up front to lead the line.

He scored the winner in the group match against Northern Ireland and also played a key role in the build-up to Mesut Ozil's opening goal against Italy.

Gomez's absence leaves Loew with an unwanted headache ahead of the semi-finals as he is the only true centre-forward in the Germany squad.