(Reuters) – Germany welcomed back attacking midfielder Thomas Mueller but left out four regular players for their third-place playoff against Uruguay on Saturday, including flu-struck forward Miroslav Klose.
Klose, who has been suffering with the virus since Wednesday’s semi-final defeat by Spain, is one goal away from equaling Brazilian Ronaldo’s World Cup scoring record of 15.
Germany start without Manuel Neuer in goal, forward Lukas Podolski and captain Philipp Lahm, while Uruguay made three changes to the team that lost 3-2 to Netherlands in the semis.
Uruguay include in-form marksman Diego Forlan after his recovery from a thigh injury and recall strike partner Luis Suarez and fullback Jorge Fucile following suspension. Central defender Diego Lugano returns to captain the side.
Forlan, Mueller and Klose are joint-second in the tournament scoring charts with four goals and have a chance to win the Golden Boot if they can net twice in Port Elizabeth. Dutchman Wesley Sneijder and Spain’s David Villa lead with five.
(Editing by Ken Ferris)