Several key players carrying injuries, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, are clouding the mood of the German team shortly before the World Cup.

Frankfurt – Germany has begun an 11-day training camp in northern Italy with injury worries clouding the mood of the team shortly before the World Cup.

Several key players, including captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, are carrying injuries into the camp in St Leonhard, in the German speaking Alto Adige region. Lahm and Neuer will join the rest of the team later this week.

Another star, Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, will not join the squad until after the Champions League final on Saturday.

Germany coach Joachim Loew’s camp will eventually include 27 players. The squad will return to Germany for a friendly against Cameroon on June 1, after which Loew will announce his final 23-man squad.

Germany also plays Armenia on June 6, one day before departing for Brazil. – Sapa-AP