Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch rejects Germany call-up due to injury
Leeds United centre-back Robin Koch has been forced to reject Germany’s latest call-up due to his current injury.
According to Sport1 chief reporter Florian Plettenberg, manager Hansi Flick wanted to have the 25-year-old in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland.
However, Koch is still suffering from the inflammation he suffered in the hip area he sustained earlier this month, and has decided to remain in England.
Plettenberg posted on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon: “Flick wanted to nominate him. The player really wanted to travel, but had to pass due to an inflammation in the hip area.”
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 27, 2021
Flick took charge of the German team after the European Championships and was keen to name the Leeds man in his maiden selection.
Koch would have loved to reunite with his international teammates briefly during September’s break, but that is not possible.
He missed the Whites games against Everton and Crewe, and is also set to sit out of the action when the squad play Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Koch featured in just 17 Premier League games last term after joining Leeds from Freiburg in the summer, with injuries preventing him from truly shining.
Nevertheless, he made the Euro 2020 squad but was unable to feature as the Germans were eliminated by England in the round of 16.
Having started the new season fit, Koch would have been glad to have put his injury woes behind him, but that appears not to be the case.
Hopefully, he will be back after the international break ready to hand head coach Marcelo Bielsa a much-needed boost at the back.
In other Leeds news, here is how Ian Wright reacted after Whites star Patrick Bamford won England call-up.