Filipino-German midfielder Stephan Schrock of the Philippine national men’s football team will miss their upcoming friendly against Indonesia on Tuesday due to family matters.
The 25-year-old member of the Azkals had to go back to Germany to attend to an “urgent family emergency,” according to a statement by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) released Sunday night.
“Though playing for our country is a great honor for Stephan, family always comes first and PFF is exhausting all efforts to make sure that he gets back to his loved ones as quickly and as safely as possible,” the statement said.
The Azkals’ upcoming friendly against Indonesia at the Rizal Football Stadium will also be dedicated to Schrock, according to the statement.
Schrock has been an integral part of the national side. He first saw action in the World Cup qualifiers in June 2011, and is best remembered for scoring the lone Philippine goal in its loss against powerhouse Kuwait, who ended the country’s hopes in the event.
In their friendly against Malaysia last Friday, Schrock almost nailed a goal in the first half, which could have changed the atmosphere of the match that ended in a scoreless draw.
Last March, Shrock signed a three-year deal with Bundesliga first division squad TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.