By John Drayton
Arsenal are set to be without Mesut Ozil for their Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich on Saturday but are hopeful their 42million signing will not face a long spell on the sidelines.
Ozil hobbled off with less than 10 minutes remaining of Germany's 5-3 win over Sweden on Tuesday night after picking up a hamstring injury.
The midfielder will have a scan on Wednesday and Arsenal have already been in touch with the German doctors to find out exactly what happened.
Back in it: Mesut Ozil slots home Germany's opening goal just before half-time to make it 2-1
Hero: Germany fans wish Ozil a happy 25th birthday with a commemorative shirt before kick-off
All smiles: Ozil celebrates with Chelsea's Andre Schurrle (left) and Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze (right)
Ozil celebrated his 25th birthday with a goal in Germany's win. The midfielder, who has been an instant hit since arriving at the Emirates from Real Madrid in the summer, scored his eighth goal in World Cup qualification on 44 minutes to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
But his special night was ruined shortly before full-time when he was forced off after a tackle, being replaced by Schalke winger Julian Draxler. The former Werder Bremen star immediately went down the tunnel for treatment.
Chelsea's Andre Schurrle, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick as Germany recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat Sweden and finish Group C unbeaten with nine wins from 10 games.
Both teams put on a display of clinical finishing but sloppy defending in Solna, with Germany controlling possession but looking vulnerable at the back.
Main man: Ozil (left) has been an instant success at Arsenal but is set to miss their game at Norwich
Hat-trick hero: Schurrle bends home his first goal of the night to give Germany a 3-2 lead
Joachim Low's side had already secured first place in the group and a spot in the World Cup before the game, while Sweden had clinched a play-off berth by beating Austria in their previous fixture.
Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze also scored for the visitors, while Sweden's Tobias Hysen netted twice and Fulham's Alexander Kacaniklic once.
Hysen gave Sweden the lead in the sixth minute after Jerome Boateng allowed the striker to slip into the penalty area unchallenged and meet a long pass from Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson.
Germany took full control after the early setback but struggled to create chances beyond Thomas Muller's header, which hit the crossbar.
Instead the German defence was caught napping again as Kim Kallstrom fed the ball to Kacaniklic, who made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute.
Ozil put the visitors back in the game just before the break as he caught a deflected pass from Max Kruse and struck a right-foot shot just inside Sweden goalkeeper Johan Wiland's right-post.
Sweden, without suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had very little possession and were lucky to be ahead at half-time.
Flying in: Sweden's Sebastian Larsson attempts a sliding tackle on Germany's Toni Kroos
Second-half substitute Gotze equalised shortly after the break with an elegant shot and Schurrle silenced the home crowd with two goals preceded by mistakes in the Swedish defence.
Hysen revived Sweden's hopes when he made it 4-3 with a volley in the 69th minute but Schurrle sealed the win when he completed his hat-trick in the 77th with a beautifully curled shot from the left-edge of the penalty area.
Germany finished with 28 points and could have had a perfect record had they not squandered a four-goal lead to draw with Sweden 4-4 last year in Berlin.
Sweden took second place with 20 points, three more than Austria in third.