There was a fracas during Germany’s preparations for the World Cup when Antonio Rudiger had to be pulled away from Joshua Kimmich after the pair clashed following a strong tackle from the Chelsea defender.
In a bid to impress Germany coach Joachim Low during their pre-World Cup training camp, Rudiger made a nuisance of himself as he hounded Kimmich before putting in a heavy challenge.
The Bayern Munich player took objection to the tackle and in the heat of the moment the pair squared up to each other during what was meant to be a routine training session on Tuesday.
Assistant coach Miroslav Klose had to seperate the duo after they clashed heads during the bust up, according to Bild.
Germany are currently training in Eppan, Italy, as they get ready to launch a defence on the World Cup, having won it in 2014.
There was more concern for the holders during the session after Julian Draxler took an elbow to the face and needed treatment.
Altercation between Joshua Kimmich ana Antonio Rüdiger following a strong challenge in Germany training today. Miro Klose had to separate them [Bild] pic.twitter.com/c2fMJZ6EKC
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After a timeout and an ice pack the PSG winger was able to continue, though Low would have envisaged a smoother day of training.
Low is yet to name his final 23-man-squad and with four players set to be cut ahead of the deadline on June 4, the players are fighting for their place in every training session.
Germany face Austria this week in a friendly before wrapping up their preparations for the tournament against Saudi Arabia.
They will then head to their training camp in Russia and kick-off the World Cup against Mexico on June 17, with games against Sweden and South Korea completing Group F.