Bundesliga’s second placed side Wolfsburg have confirmed that striker Nicklas Bendtner was dropped and not injured for their weekend game against Schalke.
The former Arsenal man and Danish international was due to start the game against the Gelsenkirchen side, but turned up late for training leaving manager Dieter Hacking to react by dropping him from the squad altogether.
Quoted in The Guardian, he said, “Nicklas was going to play from the beginning but our training session was clearly earlier than he thought.”
Sporting director Klaus Alloff agreed with the manager and said, “There are a lot of ways of finding out when training is. And it is not as if there is that much traffic in Wolfsburg.”
Hacking elaborated, claiming that the rules at the club are for everyone to follow and there can be no exceptions, “As a team we have some rules that everyone should keep. When you break those rules you have to take the consequences. But we have spoken to Nicklas and everything is OK again.”
Nicklas Bendtner has gone on to continue his less than impressive form since leaving Arsenal, scoring just one goal in 16 Bundesliga appearances after scoring 47 goals in 171 outings for the Gunners.