Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Sami Khedira is OUT of the World Cup final after injuring himself in the warm-up with Christoph Kramer taking his place
Arsenal target injured his calf just ahead of kick-off
Sami Khedira will not play in the World Cup final against Argentina after injuring himself in the warm-up.
The Real Madrid midfielder, a target of Arsenal, hurt his calf just ahead of kick-off at the Maracana.
Khedira, who has 51 caps for Germany, has had an excellent tournament, and excelled in the 7-1 humiliation of Brazil in the semi-final scoring and adding an assist for Joachim Low's team.
Low opted for Christoph Kramer, who spent last season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach from Bayer Leverkusen, to take his place.
Kramer, 23, made his first competitive start for Germany in the Final, having only appeared from the bench before. He only made his international debut on 13 May.
The young midfielder played in only two of Germany's previous six matches - not playing at all in the Group stages - at the tournament, playing a total of 12 minutes against Algeria and France. Christoph Kramer, 23, made his first competitive start for Germany in the final
Kramer impressed for Monchengladbach last season, playing 30 matches as his side finished sixth.
Low may have opted for one from the more experienced trio of Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle or Lukas Podolski but they are all more attacking options.
Kramer was then involved in a collision with Ezequiel Garay and suffered what appeared to be a concussion.
He lasted just 32 minutes of the contest and was replaced by Schurrle.
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