Borussia Dortmund full-back Nico Schulz has been forced to withdraw from the Germany squad through injury, and has returned home from international duty.
The 26-year-old started Germany's defeat to Holland on Friday evening, but he will not be fit to face Northern Ireland on Monday, as Die Mannschaft continue their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
Nico #Schulz has suffered a partial ligament tear to a tarsal in his left foot and will not be available for #NIRGER on Monday. The Borussia Dortmund fullback travelled home from the team hotel in Hamburg.— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 7, 2019
Get well soon, Nico! #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/q2RUOt5PT3
The former Hoffenheim player made his Germany debut in 2018, and has been a key figure in Joachim Löw's side ever since.
The official Germany Twitter account published on Saturday that Schulz suffered a partial ligament tear to a tarsal in his left foot and has travelled home from the team hotel in Hamburg.
Germany sit second in their group behind leaders Northern Ireland, who they face on Monday. Löw's men are three points ahead of Holland, although they suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Ronald Koeman's side in their last outing.
Löw's Germany reign is under intense scrutiny, following their terrible showing at the 2018 World Cup, and their relegation from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League.