National handball coach Alfred Gislason reacted to the absence of top scorer Julius Kühn due to the corona and nominated Hendrik Wagner.
The backcourt player from the second division team Eulen Ludwigshafen traveled to Bratislava on Sunday and is eligible to play immediately. Wagner was part of the 35-man squad that Gislason named for the tournament in Slovakia and Hungary in early December.
“His commitment for today is not planned at all,” said DHB sports director Axel Kromer with a view to the game on Sunday evening (6:00 p.m. / ARD) against Austria: “He will join the team to expand.”
In the course of the preliminary round, which the DHB team concludes with the game against Poland on Tuesday (6 p.m. / ZDF), the German team can nominate two more players because the squad in Bratislava, including Wagner, currently consists of 18 players.
Kühn reports from the quarantine hotel
For Kühn, who tested positive for the corona virus on Saturday, a move to a quarantine hotel has been ordered. “I hope that I can return to the team as soon as possible and continue the tournament,” said the 28-year-old MT Melsungen backcourt player.
Kühn’s positive test is not synonymous with the EM-Aus. Before the European Championship, the European Handball Federation (EHF) shortened the mandatory quarantine for players who tested positive from 14 to 5 days if two negative PCR tests can be presented. Kühn can therefore – with sporting qualifications – hope for a return to the main round.
“I wish the team every success for today’s game against Austria,” said Kühn. Right winger Lukas Zerbe, who was not considered at the start of the tournament against Belarus (33:29), takes his place in the squad of 16 for the game against Austria.
All members of the German delegation have now taken a quick test with consistently negative results. Another PCR test for all team members was planned for Sunday morning.