Previous
Toulouse
Lens
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Werder Bremen
FC Cologne
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Aberdeen
Motherwell
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Fulham
Charlton Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Celta Vigo
Levante
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Brisbane Roar
Sydney FC
0
2
FT
Game Details
Next
Bayer LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
Schalke 04Schalke 04
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt
VfB StuttgartVfB Stuttgart
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin
Hamburg SVHamburg SV
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
TSG HoffenheimTSG Hoffenheim
SC Paderborn 07SC Paderborn 07
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC AugsburgFC Augsburg
SC FreiburgSC Freiburg
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Borussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Hannover 96Hannover 96
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Werder BremenWerder Bremen
FC CologneFC Cologne
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Apr 17, 2014

Reports: Tattoo gets Brooks benched

Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks was not called up to the Berlin squad for their match against Leverkusen because of a "large-scale back tattoo," Berlin media reported.

Injuries and form fluctuations have limited the 21-year old Hertha Berlin centre-back to only 10 starts in his Bundesliga debut season. Following 29 appearances in Berlin's promotion-winning Bundesliga II campaign in 2012-2013, the Berlin-born U.S. international had been named as one of the most promising youngsters ahead of the current season.

While Brooks has won his first three caps for the USMNT this year, and is a contender for a place in U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup team, Hertha coach Jos Luhukay has been mildly irritated by the youngster.

Last Sunday, Brooks did not make the Hertha squad for their away game at Bayer Leverkusen. According to Berliner Morgenpost, the U.S. international was omitted from the trip because of a "large-scale back tattoo," which currently makes football difficult for the defender.

During the stitching process the skin region should not be touched, and also any perspiration should be avoided. The back tattoo has not only limited Brooks' appearances on the training pitch, but has also infuriated Luhukay.

"I don’t have any understanding for that. The tattoo could lead to an inflammation, and, naturally, that is not good," Luhukay was quoted by the Berlin based paper.

Hertha BSC currently rank 10th in the Bundesliga standings, having fallen off the pace after an outstanding first half of the season, during which they collected 28 points. They have only nine points in the 13 games of the second half of the season, the worst record of any Bundesliga team.

Brooks also has extensive tattoos on his elbows.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.