May 8, 2018 / 3:16 AM / 17 days ago

Ozil out with back injury but expects to be fit for World Cup

(Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not expected to return for the remaining two games of the Premier League season due to a back injury but the German is confident he will be fit for the World Cup.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Semi Final Second Leg - Atletico Madrid v Arsenal - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - May 3, 2018 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Juan Medina

Ozil, who played in Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League semi-final second leg defeat at Atletico Madrid last week, watched from the stands as Arsenal thrashed Burnley 5-0 at the weekend.

He wrote on Twitter that it was a “pity” he missed Sunday’s match due to the injury.

“It’ll need some time but I’m sure I’ll fully recover in time for the World Cup,” he added.

Arsenal wrap up the season against Leicester City on Wednesday and Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Defending champions Germany begin their World Cup campaign in Russia against Mexico on June 17.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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