German international Niklas Stark was set to start against Argentina in an international friendly but was ruled out of the game due to a stomach bug. It then seemed he had recovered in time to be fit for the game against Estonia.
The DFB informed Kicker that he “suffered a wound on the lower left leg.”
Kicker reports that he suffered the injury from “a table edge” The wound required stitches and the DFB “has excluded him from playing in the international match against Estonia.”
An excellent central defender, Stark was linked to Bayern Munich more than once over the past year. Standing at 6’3”, Stark is strong in the air, winning 63.2% of all his aerial duels this season with Hertha Berlin. In addition, he is also extremely fast for a center-back, with a top speed resembling that of Bayern’s own Niklas Süle. Stark is also a good tackler and overall a strong presence in the defense.
After sitting on the bench for the full 90 minutes for six consecutive games since his first call up, he must now wait even longer to make his Germany debut. Hopefully he stays away from tables so that we will be able to see him play for Germany during the next international break.