Sport Matarazzo's personnel worries before the duel with Cologne

17:30  20 october  2020
17:30  20 october  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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During the transfer period, the Stuttgart team did everything to downsize their squad. Now, however, the big squad could prove to be an advantage. Before the duel with 1. FC Köln on Friday, VfB staff worries plague.

VfB Stuttgarts Trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo muss improvisieren. © imago images VfB Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has to improvise.

The Swabian squad has over 30 professionals. A handsome number that has been reducing itself for weeks. With Maxime Awoudja (Achilles tendon tear), Clinton Mola (hip problems), who have been absent for a long time and continue to do so, and Erik Thommy (broken elbow), who participates in part of the training but is not yet ready for action, as well as Konstantinos Mavropanos, who this week because of If his meniscus tear is operated on, Pellegrino Matarazzo will have to do without four actors for the upcoming task.

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Anton remains a shaky candidate

Another five, who were recently represented in the different starting formations, had to practice individually today to prepare for the game on Friday: Gregor Kobel suffered from back problems, Borna Sosa a severe back contusion, Wataru Endo adductor problems and Tanguy Coulibaly Pain in the ankle. Waldemar Anton was also back on the lawn this morning and practiced for himself. However, the central defender is still a loose candidate because of his torn ankle ligament.

"A broad squad has advantages and disadvantages," said Matarazzo, who can at least look forward to the return of ailing Roberto Massimo and Darko Churlinov (both knee problems), said just a few days ago. "You have a lot of options, which is a big plus when you have a lot of injuries. When everyone is fit, there is great competition." However, there is also a downside of the coin. "It's a big challenge to keep everyone happy. But I see the advantages rather than the disadvantages. Especially with the failures that we have."

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