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​EURO2016: Germany sweat on fitness of Boateng for Slovakia clash

Germany's medical staff are hoping to get key defender Jerome Boateng fit for Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash against Slovakia.

The Bayern Munich centre-back came off on 76 minutes with a knock to his calf in their 1-0 group stage win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

"The hardening is declining, he and the medical staff are working flat out," revealed Germany's assistant coach Marcus Sorg on Thursday.

"We hope that he makes it, but I'm not a prophet. We still have two training sessions, so a lot can happen."

Boateng was more positive when asked about his calf injury, telling German daily Bild he will definitely face Slovakia in Lille.

"The calf is a little hard. I got a stabilising tape on it," said the 27-year-old. "Our medical department does an excellent job. I'll definitely be able to play on Sunday."

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