By RYAN TOLMICH
Julian Green is set to get more playing time during his loan stint at Hamburg, but it won’t come with the club’s first team.
Germany’s Bild is reporting that Green has been sent down to the club’s U-23 team. Green is currently on loan to Hamburg from German power Bayern Munich, although Hamburg said there is an “extremely low” probability that the club will look to keep Green past this season.
Green has been limited to just 5 appearances and 113 minutes with the first team this season. He was on the bench but did not appear in a mid-winter friendly last month against Manchester City in the United Arab Emirates.
Hamburg Director of Football Peter Knabel says Green should be aggressive with the U-23s to gain more playing time.
“He should impose,” Knabel said. “I expect the players to play there too. Finally, the U-23 team is not a garbage can, but the flagship of training.”
The Hamburg U-23 team currently plays in the Regionalliga, the fourth division of the German soccer and the same league that Green featured in for Bayern Munich II in 2013-14.
Green missed a chunk of time in late September and October for both club and country after suffering a rib injury in training with Hamburg. He last featured for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Nov. 14 in their 2-1 defeat to Colombia in London. Green came on in the 86th minute of the match.
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