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Germany midfielder Lars Bender Friday was ruled out of next month's World Cup in Brazil with a thigh injury, in the latest blow to coach Joachim Loew's plans.Two days after Germany started their preparations in northern Italy, the Bayer Leverkusen player became the latest injury victim and pulled out of the 27-man provisional squad. Bender's bad luck follows close behind that of his twin brother Sven, who failed to make the squad because of injury, and opens the door to a call-up for Christoph Kramer of Borussia Moenchengladbach to join the team.Top striker Miroslav Klose is racing to get fit after an injury-plagued season at Italy's Lazio, and has also yet to join training with the team.
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