After a season battling injury Mario Gomez has been left out of Germany's 30-man provisional World Cup squad. Understandably, the past season is not one the striker will look back upon with any fondness.

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“So …. now the World Cup. After the [Italian] championship and the [Coppa Italia] final, I even miss the World Cup. It was a call from the coach that hurt. Until recently, I believed I’d be fit in time. But, unfortunately, the injuries have set me back again and, in the end, the ugliest season of my career ends with a further setback. Almost seven months of knee injuries were just too much. That annoys me infinitely!”