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Injured Arslan out of U21 tournament

Published: Tuesday 21 May 2013, 16.26CET
Germany and Hamburger SV midfielder Tolgay Arslan will not realise his "big ambition" of playing at next month's U21 finals because of a ligament injury in his left knee.
Injured Arslan out of U21 tournament
Tolgay Arslan's season was brought to a premature end by the knee injury ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Tuesday 21 May 2013, 16.26CET

Injured Arslan out of U21 tournament

Germany and Hamburger SV midfielder Tolgay Arslan will not realise his "big ambition" of playing at next month's U21 finals because of a ligament injury in his left knee.

Germany's Tolgay Arslan has been ruled out of next month's UEFA European Under-21 Championship by a cruciate ligament strain in his left knee.

The Hamburger SV midfielder, who made his U21 debut in November, missed the final three Bundesliga matches of the season as a result of the injury.

The 22-year-old was last week named in Rainer Adrion's provisional 25-man party for the tournament, which runs from 5−18 June, but has accepted he cannot travel to Israel in case he exacerbates the problem.

"The risk of injuring myself more seriously is still too great," he said. "It was a big ambition of mine to be part of these European Championships, but I have to be sensible. I will get back on the pitch when the new season comes around."

Germany open their Group B campaign on 6 June against the Netherlands, with games against holders Spain and Russia to follow.

Last updated: 23/05/13 10.37CET

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