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Germany physio suffered double injury while going to treat player during World Cup Qualifier

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Germany made easy work of Austria, winning 3-0 to continue their unbeaten run atop UEFA World Cup qualifying Group C, but they did suffer an important setback during the match. To their physio.

From the PA:

Klaus Eder, who has worked for the German federation for 25 years, tore a muscle in his left leg as he went to tend to Marcel Schmelzer, causing him to fall over and break a finger. "I now have to put into practice what I always tell my patients," the 60-year-old told the German federation's website on Sunday. "Patience is important and you should not expect a lot of progress too soon.

"The way the players reacted was very comforting," he said. "Philipp Lahm brought me the ice pack, Mesut Ozil and Miroslav Klose held me and led me off the field."

Schmelzer, who came on at halftime, was able to stay in the match. Perhaps because he realized that he wasn't in as bad of shape as Eder.

Still, for Eder it must to be nice to know that after so many years of helping the German players, they're willing to do the same for him.

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