UPDATE: Hansi Flick confirms no new injury
Per Sport1, Hansi Flick was always planning on taking off Lukas Klostermann after approximately 30 minutes in Germany’s 1-0 friendly win over Oman. “It was clear that we would take him out after 30 minutes,” Flick said after the match.
As Sport1 points out, Klostermann is working his way back from a “syndesmosis ligament tear” — and it’s his first on-field action since Matchday 1 of the Bundesliga.
While people in the United States are stressing over not being able to find a legal stream for Germany’s World Cup warmup match against Oman, former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick’s squad was already facing some adversity — and we are not talking about the scoreless halftime performance.
In the 34th minute, RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann had to be subbed out with the squad’s English language account only saying that an “early sub (was) required.” For Klostermann, who has had a long history of battling injuries, this is not good:
An early sub required (34')— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 16, 2022
➡️ Armel Bella-Kotchap#OMNGER 0-0 pic.twitter.com/QvfrHEBPZD
As noted, Armel Bella-Kotchap came on for Klostermann and while it is too early to jump to any conclusions regarding the extend of Klostermann’s injury, it is concerning because of the overall lack of quality at the position.
In reality, the team’s best right-back (Joshua Kimmich) is playing as a central midfielder. Klostermann, Thilo Kehrer, Matthias Ginter, and Jonas Hofmann were considered among the contenders for playing time at the position.