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US News Hofmann does not move out: "My focus is back on football"

14:40  24 september  2020
14:40  24 september  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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Philipp Hofmann caused some irritation on the eve of the season opener in Hanover (0: 2). As the top scorer of the past season, he was not used. Before the game against VfL Bochum, things have smoothed out - but a game could now prevent illness.

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Oliver Kreuzer had stated before the game in Hanover: "Hofmann informed us last night that he would not be able to run up today." The KSC sports director had suspected an attempt to force a change. The striker then expressed his point of view.

On the club's own website, the 27-year-old now declared his waiver at the start of the season in Hanover, where he sat on the bench for 90 minutes, as a "human reaction". The subject of change - Union Berlin had expressed interest in a commitment - had in a way turned his head. The fact that a moving van was allegedly spotted in front of his house fueled speculation about a transfer. Hofmann explained this fact by saying that friends from home had taken excess pieces of furniture with them and asked: "Why should I move out in an unsettled situation without a goal?"

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The "situation" seems to have been settled. Kreuzer has declared Hofmann "not not for sale", but at least the move to Union Berlin is off the table. So the 17-goal man of the past season will pull on the KSC jersey this weekend. And Hofmann sees himself ready: "My focus is back on football."

Whether the 1.95-meter giant is in the starting line-up will be decided on the one hand by Eichner and on the other hand also on the extent to which Hofmann has cured an impending illness. On Wednesday morning he had trained with his colleagues, but then signed off for the afternoon session with a fever and flu symptoms. "I saw him, he was really not doing well," said the KSC coach "Badischen Neuesten Nachrichten".

Eichner is of course aware that the Karlsruhe team can develop more punch with Hofmann: "If Philipp has a good week of training and I think he can help us, then he will play against Bochum." The training week can now - if at all - only take place in a slimmed-down form.

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