Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has explained that he will not be 100% fit for the Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Italy.
The highly rated midfielder was force to miss the final stage of the season after tearing his ankle ligaments and the same injury is still causing him problems.
Having returned into action without fully recovering in order to help Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, Schweinsteiger admits his ankle still hurts.
“To be honest, I have a few worries about the ankle,” the Germany international said. “The problem is when I explode off it.
“It has not healed properly, but the time has not come yet where can I let it heal and take a rest.
“We have hopefully two games left and I will grit my teeth. After that, I must see that I’m finally back in good health.”
The midfielder reveals he has missed a couple of training sessions before he Greece game, which was probably one of the reasons for the under-par performance in that match.
“I was only able to take part in the final training session before the Greece game. If the coach decides (to drop me), I would have no problem with that.”