Khedira and Tasci out of Germany qualifier

BERLIN - VfB Stuttgart pair Serdar Tasci and Sami Khedira have been ruled out of Germany's World Cup qualifier in Russia on Saturday, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on its website on Monday.

Defender Tasci suffered a swollen knee during Sunday's 2-0 home Bundesliga defeat by Werder Bremen and midfielder Khedira has a foot injury.

Germany top European Group Four with 22 points, one ahead of the Russians, and would guarantee top spot and a place in South Africa if they won on Saturday.

They host Finland in Hamburg four days later.