By FRANCO PANIZO
U.S. national team prospect Alfredo Morales has not seen the field for Hertha Berlin since October, but that will not stop him from making his first-ever start in the Bundesliga this coming weekend.
Morales is slated to start at right back in place of the suspended Christian Lell when Hertha faces Hannover 96, according to head coach Michael Skibbe. The start will be his first in the Bundesliga and will mark his third league appearance this season. He last played for Hertha on Oct. 15 in a loss to Bayern Munich.
Eligible to play for Peru, Germany or the United States, the 21-year-old Morales was called into the U.S. men's national team camp in Europe in November and trained with the team. He did not feature in the games against France or Slovenia.
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