NEWS: 05.11.2019

Several Foals return from injury

Several Foals return from injury
Alassane Plea (with ball) and Raffael (left) took part in the majority of today's training session.

A number of players returned to training today as the Foals took part in a training session ahead of tomorrow night’s Europa League match against AS Roma (21:00 CET).

Ahead of their next European matchup, the Foals have had their squad strengthened as several players returned to team training. Fabian Johnson, Alassane Plea and Raffael were all able to take part in the majority of Thursday’s session after recovering from injury. “Fabi and Raffa didn’t complete the full session as we still need to be careful not to overdo it after their respective rehab stints,” said head coach Marco Rose. “We will need to wait and see how things go in our final training session tomorrow.” Ramy Bensebaini, who had to miss the match against Leverkusen with muscle issues, could be an option against Roma. “Ramy’s injury wasn’t a long-term one, which is why we have hope that he will be fit by Thursday,” said Rose.

Elvedi and Thuram remain a doubt

The Foals will have to wait and see whether Marcus Thuram (knee problems) and Nico Elvedi (thigh issues) will be fit to feature, after both players sat out today’s session. “In Marcus’ case it’s due to a heavy workload, in which case we need to proceed with a level of caution. But, I’m hoping he’ll be fit for Thursday. We’re taking it day-by-day with Nico,” said Rose. Despite training individually today, Breel Embolo (thigh muscle injury) will not feature on Thursday. The same goes for Tobias Sippel (medial collateral ligament tear), Keanan Bennetts (thigh muscle tear) and Torben Müsel (athroscopic surgery in knee).

Villalba with U23s, Doucouré taking a break

Meanwhile, Julio Villalba will take part in training with the U23s this week, while Mamadou Doucouré will take a short break while still trying to find his way back into the squad. “He’s played several games for the U23s, and his body is feeling the effects of that,” said Rose. “It’s nothing serious, which is why we aren’t too concerned about him at the moment.”