Top talent Youssoufa Moukoko (16) from Borussia Dortmund will also miss the third European Championship group game of the German U21 national team.
“He won’t be operational tomorrow, that’s pretty sure,” said DFB coach Stefan Kuntz one day before the match on Tuesday (from 6 p.m. in LIVETICKER) against Romania in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
Before the opening game against co-hosts Hungary (3: 0) in training, Moukoko had a blow to the muscles on the shin and was also missing against the Netherlands (1: 1). Moukoko has to postpone his debut as the youngest player in U21 history.
“We were in daily contact with Dortmund and thought about whether it would make sense to bring him home. But the agreement with Sebastian Kehl was that it would be best if he stayed here. He learns the processes at the U21 know so that he doesn’t have to get to know so much in May, “said Kuntz.
Also ailing are Niklas Dorsch (KAA Gent), Jonathan Burkardt (1. FSV Mainz 05) and captain Arne Maier (Arminia Bielefeld). “They have muscular problems and will exercise less to see if they are fit,” said Kuntz. A draw against Romania is enough for the German team to reach the knockout round.