Wolfsburg - Hertha BSC

Germany: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg A. Mehmedi (68)
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA1-2Attendance: 24.894
Hertha BSC J. Torunarigha (74), D. Lukebakio (90)

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.

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
12Pavao Pervan
33Daniel Ginczek ↪89
6Paulo Otávio
25John Brooks
11Felix Klaus
13Yannick Gerhardt
14Admir Mehmedi ↪63
40João Victor ↪82
Hertha BSC
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
1Thomas Kraft
14Pascal Köpke
19Vedad Ibišević
27Davie Selke ↪90
2Peter Pekarík
21Marvin Plattenhardt
9Alexander Esswein ↪76
11Mathew Leckie

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