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‘There’s no change'

Kroos undergoes successful knee surgery

Toni Kroos has been sidelined for three weeks after rupturing a group of adductor muscles in his right hip, and the midfielder has now used his time away from the action for minor surgery on his left knee. The player had a loose joint splinter removed last Monday, with the procedure running smoothly and successfully.

Contrary to reports in certain sections of the German media on Wednesday, the operation has not changed the timing of the 23-year-old’s comeback, Kroos announced. “There’s no danger I’ll miss the start of pre-season training! It's not worth talking about at all. Nothing has changed,“ he declared, before revealing a personal target: “I’m secretly aiming for the DFB Cup final on 1 June in Berlin.“

Kroos sustained the injury in the Champions League quarter-final first leg meeting with Juventus in early April. The player was expected at the time to be out for six to eight weeks.