The Foals will use the international break to take part in a friendly against recently-promoted second-division side SV Wehen Wiesbaden. The match will take place on Thursday (18:15 CEST) in the Sportzentrum Haarwasen Haiger.
Today’s training session saw four products from the Foals’ youth academy take part: Sander Christiansen, Julian Niehues, Jordi Bongard and Tom Gaal. “It was a lot of fun,” Christiansen said after training. The Norwegian, along with Niehues, Bongard and Gaal will all be in the squad for the Foals on Thursday. The team is taking advantage of the international break in order to play a friendly against recently-promoted second-tier side SV Wehen Wiesbaden. The match will kick off at 18:15 CEST at the Sportzentrum Haarwasen Haiger. “I am looking forward to the match and hope that I will be able to feature. It will be a good one,” said Christiansen.
Not joining the team in Haiger will be the multiple Foals who are off on international duty: Matthias Ginter (Germany), Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo (all Swiss), Stefan Lainer (Austria), László Bénes (Slovakia), Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria), Jordan Beyer (Germany U21s) and Andreas Poulsen (Denmark U21s). Additionally, Marco Rose will be without an injured Jonas Hofmann (medial collateral ligament tear), Torben Müsel (knee operation), Tobias Strobl (knee problems), Lars Stindl (light training) and Alassane Plea (calf issues).
“It’s too early for Julio Villalba to return after being out for so long, whereas Mamadou Doucouré will play for the U23s,” said Rose. The Gladbach reserves will face Schalke’s U23s on Friday night (18:00 CEST) on matchday 7 in the Regionalliga West. Doucouré made a cameo appearance for the U23s in their most recent away win against Bonner SC (3-2). “We're following a set plan and, as a result, Mams will have an extra day to prepare. At the moment, it’s important for him to maintain this rhythm. We want him to remain healthy and take the time to pick up some game time. We want to steadily increase his workload,” said Rose. The head coach is looking to give playing time to those who have seen limited minutes during the competitive matches to date. “It’s a match in which the lads will be able to show what they can do. They should all see some playing time,” said the head coach. Wehen Wiesbaden were promoted into Bundesliga 2 via the relegation playoffs last season. Head coach Rüdiger Rehm’s side currently find themselves in last place with one point from five matches.