Hansi Flick provides positive update on fitness of Antonio Rudiger

By Sean Walsh
Rudiger was absent from Germany training over the weekend
Rudiger was absent from Germany training over the weekend / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Germany head coach Hansi Flick has revealed that Antonio Rudiger is in contention to play against North Macedonia on Monday after dealing with a back injury.

Rudiger played all 90 minutes of Die Mannschaft's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Romania on Friday. Germany needed second half goals from Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller to cancel out Ianis Hagi's strike.

Rudiger was absent from training over the weekend, with reports in Germany claiming he was having trouble overcoming a back injury and was a doubt for Monday's clash in Skopje.

However, Flick revealed in his pre-match press conference that while Rudiger is indeed undergoing treatment for a minor back problem, he is still in line to feature against North Macedonia.

Rudiger has been in the form of his life in 2021, playing a huge role at the back as Chelsea won the Champions League at the end of last season.

His current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of this season, though 90min understands talks over a renewal are proving problematic. Rudiger wants to become one of Chelsea's highest paid players, but the Blues' offers to this point have been way below that mark.

Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are both interested in Rudiger's services and he could leave Chelsea on a free transfer next summer, while Thiago Silva may also walk away for nothing. Andreas Christensen, who is also out of contract, is however expected to extend.

Meanwhile, the Blues are ready to join the race to sign Villarreal defender Pau Torres, who was of interest to Manchester United before they secured the services of Raphael Varane.