Wolfsburg axe ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner after training mishap

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The Denmark international was not in the matchday squad for the Bundesliga clash against Schalke.

Nicklas Bendtner has become something of a fringe figure at Wolfsburg since moving to Germany from Arsenal, with the Dane only starting four league games this season.

The presence of in-form Bas Dost and the January arrival of Andre Schurrle has limited the Dane’s opportunities, but it appears that he is not doing himself any favours.

The Scandinavian striker was omitted from the matchday squad for Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Schalke after he turned up for training late the previous day.

Wolfsburg sporting executive Klaus Allofs has stated that Bendtner has no excuses for the misdemeanour but that the mistake would not impact on his long-term future with the Volkswagen Arena outfit.

"He was late for the final training session on Saturday. We have strict rules, and that resulted in him not making the squad," the Bundesliga chief told Kicker.

"He was an hour late. He certainly did not do that on purpose. He simply assumed a wrong time.

"I think there are many options to find out when we have training. And the traffic in Wolfsburg is not that bad so that you are forced to be late for training.

“But in all seriousness, we don't need to big this up. I want to emphasise that we don't condemn him outright.”

Despite an impressive goal return at international level for Denmark, Bendtner has not found a club where he can consistently play.

Loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus during his time at the Emirates Stadium were not successful, while he did not hit double figures in goals in a solitary season during his time with the North London outfit.

Wolfsburg opted to play Schurrle as the furthest man forward in their 4-2-3-1 formation against Schalke, with Dost on the bench, giving Bendtner another selection problem in his quest to play regularly.

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