Wolfsburg - Hertha BSC

Germany: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg A. Mehmedi (68)
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA1-2Attendance: 24.894
Hertha BSC J. Torunarigha (74), D. Lukebakio (90)
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Hertha chief: 'Niklas Stark is burning for his chance'

By Laura Brandt

Niklas Stark is likely to be given a chance to prove himself when Hertha BSC face Wolfsburg away from home on Saturday.

Niklas Stark.
Niklas Stark.Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

Niklas Stark has slipped down the pecking order at Hertha BSC since Jürgen Klinsmann took over as coach in November.


The centre-back watched Hertha's last three games of 2019 from the bench and missed last week's 0-4 loss to Bayern München due to a cold.

But with Dedryck Boyata out with suspension, Stark could finally be given the chance to prove himself in Saturday's away clash with Wolfsburg.

"[Boyata's] absense hurts, but we have guys in the position who want to prove themselves," Hertha chief Michael Preetz said in an interview with Kicker and added:

"Niklas is burning for his chance. He has prepared very well."

Meanwhile, Jürgen Klinsmann has hinted that Stark will probably start on Sunday:

"It's quite possible that Niklas will now be given a big chance to show what he can do," Klinsmann told Kicker.

Stark has made 14 appearances for Hertha this season.


Wolfsburg
(4-3-3)
1Koen Casteels
19Kevin Mbabu
32Marcel Tisserand
31Robin Knoche
15Jérôme Roussillon
24Xaver Schlager
23Josuha Guilavogui (C)
27Maximilian Arnold ↩89
8Renato Steffen ↩82
9Wout Weghorst
7Josip Brekalo ↩63
Bench
12Pavao Pervan
33Daniel Ginczek ↪89
2William
6Paulo Otávio
25John Brooks
11Felix Klaus
13Yannick Gerhardt
14Admir Mehmedi ↪63
40João Victor ↪82
Hertha BSC
(4-1-4-1)
22Rune Jarstein
13Lukas Klünter
5Niklas Stark (C)
25Jordan Torunarigha
17Maximilian Mittelstädt
18Santiago Ascacíbar
30Marius Wolf
3Per Skjelbred
15Marko Grujić
16Javairô Dilrosun ↩76
28Dodi Lukebakio ↩90
Bench
1Thomas Kraft
14Pascal Köpke
19Vedad Ibišević
27Davie Selke ↪90
2Peter Pekarík
21Marvin Plattenhardt
9Alexander Esswein ↪76
11Mathew Leckie

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