Bernd Leno Pulls Out of Germany Squad for Upcoming Euro 2020 Qualifiers Due to Thumb Injury

​Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has pulled out of Germany’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia due to a thumb injury.

The shot stopper was set to join up with the national team after being an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, but that unfortunately won’t be the case.


He continues to suffer from a recurring thumb problem, with Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andy Koepke confirming whilst speaking with ​Yahoo Sport that Leno will miss out on the upcoming qualifiers as a result.

He said: “I know that Bernd has had some pain in his hand recently. He is going to have a splint put on his thumb, so we won’t be able to play him in the two upcoming games.”

The injury means Germany have opted to hand a first-ever international call up to ​Bayern Munich’s Sven Ulreich, with Koepke going on to insist that he has earned his call up after stepping up when he was needed for Bayern this season.

He added: “Sven has earned this call-up. He has shown top performances whenever he was needed for Bayern this season, and has great quality.”


Joachim Lowe’s side got their qualifying campaign off to a very dramatic start as Nico Schulz scored an injury time winner to snatch a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam, therefore wins in their next two games would put them in a great position to take command of Group C after just three games.


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