Germany coach confirms Youssoufa Moukoko will not take part in the Olympic Games

Youssoufa Moukoko (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Youssoufa Moukoko (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) /

Youssoufa Moukoko will not be taking part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo so that he can have a full pre-season with Borussia Dortmund, Germany coach Stefan Kuntz has confirmed.

Youssoufa Moukoko is coming off an impressive breakthrough season with Borussia Dortmund. The highly rated striker made his professional debut in November, and became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history just one month later. But his season was cut short in March, after he suffered a ligament injury on his foot while on international duty with the Germany U-21s.

Moukoko is now on the comeback trail and made his return to the training pitch earlier this week. Borussia Dortmund expect the 16 year old to be fully fit in time for the start of pre-season training. But he will not be making the trip to Tokyo to represent Germany at the Olympic Games this summer, Stefan Kuntz has confirmed. The Germany Olympic Team coach told BILD:

"“Moukoko is not an option for the Olympics. It is the agreement that he should definitely take part in the entire pre-season with Dortmund under the new coach Marco Rose.”"

Germany are one of the 16 teams that will be taking part in the Olympic Games this summer. They will go up against Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Ivory Coast in the group stage. Kuntz will name his 18-man squad for the Olympic Games by the end of next month. The group stage will begin on July 22 and the final is due to take place on August 07.

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Germany won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, losing to Brazil in the final on penalties. And they will no doubt be aiming to go one better this time around.