Ailing Schweinsteiger could get thumbs up

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) reaches for a header against Denmark striker...

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) reaches for a header against Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner during their Euro 2012 Group B match in Lviv, Ukraine, June 17, 2012. (MICHAEL DALDER/Reuters)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:44 PM ET

WARSAW - The Germans got some good news Monday.

The tournament favourites were worried about key midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger's injured right ankle. There was some concern he would not be able to play Thursday in a Euro 2012 semifinal against Italy. The ankle has been troubling him since February when he tore a ligament, forcing him to miss several days of training.

After extensive treatment on the ankle, he was back training Monday and looked as if he would be ready to play, although still not 100% healthy.

In other news, the German football association has been fined $31,200 by UEFA after spectators displayed a neo-Nazi flag at a European Championship match.

Germany has now been disciplined for fans' behaviour at all three Euro 2012 group-stage matches and paid fines totalling $50,000.


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