After a 20-day break, VfL Wolfsburg Women have been back in training since Sunday as they prepare for the second half of the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga season. “The team have come back in good shape,” said head coach Stephan Lerch. “We’ve seen on the pitch that all the players have been very focused in their training. The first impression of the group was very positive – you couldn’t tell that they’ve not kicked a ball for a while.”
Training comeback for captain Popp
One player who’s not kicked a ball for a long time is VfL captain Alexandra Popp, who is back on the training pitch after recovering from her foot injury. “She’s fully fit again, but obviously we’ll still be careful in training. She was out for a long time, so we’re keeping an eye on it,” said Lerch. Lara Dickenmann has also returned to full training, but long-term absentees Pauline Bremer and Ewa Pajor were not involved.
As well as the returning players, a new arrival has boosted the Green-and-Whites’ team. Denmark international Sofie Svava trained with VfL for the first time since her move from Swedish club FC Rosengard at the start of the year, and the talented youngster has made a thoroughly positive impression right away.
In addition to the training sessions in Wolfsburg, the She-Wolves are due to play three friendly matches – two against Eintracht Frankfurt and one at SGS Essen. Their first competitive fixture of the new year is against 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam on Friday 5 February (kick-off 19:15 CET) at the AOK Stadion. The DFB Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League do not return until March.