Germany's two backcourt aces Christian Dissinger and team captain Steffen Weinhold, who both play for record champions THW Kiel, are ruled out for the rest of the EHF EURO after they sustained adductor muscle injuries in Germany's 30:29 win against Russia on Sunday.
At a press conference on Monday the German federation's vice president Bob Hanning confirmed that Weinhold will be sidelined for six to eight weeks and Dissinger for several weeks as well - albeit not as long as Weinhold.
Julius Kühn and Kai Häfner will be nominated to replace the two.Both will arrive in Wroclaw on Monday afternoon, two days prior to Germany’s final match of the main round against Denmark on Wednesday.
"Both injuries are a shock for us, as we just had been on a great run with four straight wins. It really hurts, when you think about Steffen and Christian, for our team and for THW Kiel," Sigurdsson said on Monday.
"We will not surrender in the challenge against Denmark, but try to continue fighting. But we definitely cannot keep our rhythm."
Häfner and Kühn had already been part of the German team in the final lead-up to the EHF EURO. "This makes things a little bit easier. But it is hard to prepare for Denmark," said Sigurdsson.
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