Schalke loan Rabbi Matondo has been removed from the squad of the Welsh national team. According to the association, the 20-year-old, like Tyler Roberts and Hal Robson-Kanu, violated a curfew in the team hotel.
The association did not want to provide more precise information. According to the Sun the trio would have been outside their rooms after the given curfew. Matondo will return to his current club Stoke City early and not take part in the Welsh World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic tonight.
In the case of Roberts, an apology followed: “I’m disappointed to have to leave the team, but rules are rules and I shouldn’t have been to the hotel later than allowed. I want to be with the team, the coaching staff and the fans sorry. I will continue to work as hard as possible to earn my place in the European Championship. “
The expulsion is very bitter for Matondo, as he played 81 minutes on Saturday against Mexico and had good prospects of further match practice. The right-winger has been running for Stoke since January, but even there he only plays a subordinate role. In the past nine games, he has only been used for 27 minutes.
In the summer, at least for the time being, he will return to Schalke, where he will be under contract until 2023. In 2019 he moved from Manchester City to the Royal Blues for nine million euros. In 32 games, the offensive player only contributed two goals and not a single assist.