USA's Julian Green, Hamburg deny reports regarding U-23 demotion
United States men's national team midfielder Julian Green and Hamburg have both denied a report that the winger has been demoted to the Hamburg U-23 team.
Green, 19, joined Hamburg on loan from Bayern Munich in the summer, but has struggled to make his mark in the Bundesliga, battling form and injuries this season. He has played just 112 minutes in five appearances with the first team.
The club told MLSSoccer.com that Green could get some time with the U-23 team, but that he is still a first-team player.
"He's not moving to the Under-23 team," HSV press officer Lars Wegener said. "Our sport director said that maybe he could play for the U-23s a couple times when he is not in the first-team squad. The reason is to get him some matches and more practice. He is still with the first team in training."
Green also took to Facebook to deny the report:
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