Marcel Schiller in action - that will not exist for the time being
Photo: VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP
The bad news for the German handball players does not stop.
The DHB team is affected by two more corona cases at the European Championships and is going into the group final against Poland on Tuesday evening (6 p.m. ZDF) in Bratislava with weakened personnel.
A few hours before kick-off, goalkeeper Till Klimpke and Marcel Schiller also tested positive.
This increased the number of Corona failures to nine players.
Read more about the situation in the German team here.
Goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, backcourt players Kai Häfner and Luca Witzke and outsiders Timo Kastening and Lukas Mertens all tested positive on Monday.
Julius Kühn and his substitute Hendrik Wagner had previously been infected with the corona virus.
All affected players have gone into quarantine.
When they can be used again is still open.
National coach Alfred Gíslason therefore nominated goalkeeper Johannes Bitter from HSV Hamburg and field players Fabian Wiede, Paul Drux (both Füchse Berlin), Rune Dahmke (THW Kiel) and Sebastian Firnhaber (HC Erlangen) late on Monday evening.
Since Wolff and Klimpke are out, all hopes rest on the 39-year-old Bitter in goal.
The quintet arrived in the German EM venue in Bratislava on Tuesday, but initially had to isolate themselves at the team hotel.
After the negative results of their PCR tests were available, all of them can be used against Poland, the DHB announced.
This means that Coach Gíslason can use 14 players in the final game of the preliminary round of the European Championship.