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Torunarogha injury draws Luckassen closer to Hertha Berlin bow

19:06 GMT+3 21/09/2018
Kike Sola Derrick Luckassen Athletic Club AZ Alkmaar Europa League
The centre-back could be handed a first appearance by Die Alte Dame on Saturday following his summer transfer

Hertha Berlin new acquisition Derrick Luckassen could be handed a landmark appearance in Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Monchengladbach due to an injury to regular starter Jordan Torunarigha. 

Dutch-born Luckassen has had to wait a little longer for his first outing for Die Alte Dame following a loan switch from PSV Eindhoven in August. 

He is among manager Pal Dardai's options, alongside Fabian Lustenberger and Florian Baak. 

"Fabian Lustenberger is the most experienced, Derrick Luckassen has left a good impression here in these past two weeks, and Florian Baak has a really good shape," Dardai told Hertha TV.

"I cannot say who will be playing the game from the start.

"There are two good teams that have a positive atmosphere, we want to work together and be successful. I think we have an advantage because we will play in front of our fans in our stadium."

Luckassen was forced to pursue a move to Hertha, having had limited opportunities at PSV last season. 

The 23-year-old made 19 Eredivisie outings, involving nine starts, for the Red and Whites following a move from AZ Alkmaar in summer last year.

Hertha currently sit fifth on the league table ahead of Saturday's matchday four action.

Born to Ghanaian parents in Amsterdam, the centre-back is eligible to represent the country of his parents at senior level despite having played for Oranje at various youth stages.