Köster is missing from the DHB team in Denmark

Germany’s handball players have to do without youngster Julian Köster in the first of two test matches against world champion Denmark.

The backcourt player of VfL Gummersbach is struggling with a cold. According to national coach Alfred Gislason, Köster will not travel to the game on Thursday (8:45 p.m./zdf.de) in Aalborg, but a mission on Sunday in Hamburg (2:15 p.m./ZDF) is possible.

“He has a very bad cold but no fever, so I still have hope that he can play the second game,” Gislason said at a digital media event on Tuesday.

In the Baltic Sea resort of Damp in Schleswig-Holstein, the German team is completing their first course this week since they finished fifth at the World Championships in January.