Germany hoping to have Schweinsteiger fit to face France

EVIAN-LES-BAINS: Germany is hoping captain Bastian Schweinsteiger can recover to play the European Championship semifinal against France in Marseille on Thursday.

Schweinsteiger, who took a knock to his injury-prone right knee in Saturday's quarterfinal win over Italy, started the team's last training session at its tournament base on Wednesday but his participation remains in question.


Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl or Liverpool's Emre Can could step in for their tournament debuts if the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger doesn't make it.

"France are under a bit of pressure because they're hosts.

They know they're playing against an excellent Germany team. France-Germany, they were two of the favorites already beforehand. And now they meet in the semifinal. You don't have many better football games."