Leeds United defender Robin Koch earns Germany call for delayed Euro 2020 tournament

Leeds United defender Robin Koch is heading to this summer's delayed Euro 2020 tournament with Germany.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 12:44 pm
Leeds United defender Robin Koch in action for Germany. Pic: Getty

The 24-year-old has been restricted to just 17 appearances for the Whites this season but has been included in Joachim Low's squad for the forthcoming tournament which begins next month.

Koch sealed a switch to the Premier League with Leeds from Bundesliga outfit Freiburg last August.

He began the season in strong form whilst battling a knee injury that eventually forced him to undergo surgery after aggravating the issue at Chelsea in December.

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Koch returned in March to take up a role from the bench before being handed starts against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur in a defensive midfield role.

Bielsa left him out of his squad for last weekend's victory over Burnley with the centre-back watching on from the Turf Moor stands.

United's head coach then revealed he had given Koch early leave along with teammate Mateusz Klich in a bid to allow them time to rest and recuperate before this summer's European Championships.

"Koch has been given early leave with the potential for him to be called up or not called up to the German national team," Bielsa said earlier this week.

"I don't know whether he's going to be called up to the German national team or not. It's just that he has a small (hip) niggle and we didn't want to run the risk of a small niggle being aggravated into something bigger.

"The injury that he has is not important and we didn't want to take the risk of him playing and making it worse so we anticipated his holidays in the same way we did so for Klich."

Germany have been drawn in Group F of the tournament alongside France, Portugal and Hungary.

Low's team will kick-off against France on June 15 in Munich.