Top talent Youssoufa Moukoko (16) will probably miss the second European Championship group game of the German U21 national team. “It’s going to be tight. I have little hope, it doesn’t look like it,” said DFB coach Stefan Kuntz one day before the match on Saturday (9 pm in the live ticker) against the Netherlands in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.
Before the opening game against co-hosts Hungary (3-0), Moukoko had a blow to the muscles on the shin during training. The chances of the teenager playing against the Netherlands are “seven and a half percent,” said Kuntz with a wink: “But I don’t want to hear any reproaches if, in the end, he might be able to play ten minutes.”
Midfielder Jonathan Burkardt (1. FSV Mainz 05), who is suffering from a hardening of the adductor, is also affected. “Tomorrow morning it will be decided whether he will be eligible for the starting lineup or whether it will only be enough for a short stint,” said Kuntz. With a win against the Netherlands, Germany can buy the ticket for the quarter-finals early.
Dortmund striker Moukoko is in the U21 squad for the first time and could become the youngest player in the history of the DFB team at the EM. At the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia, Moukoko is by far the youngest player of all 16 teams.