VfL used Tuesday’s training session to stage a behind-closed-doors practice match, which was played over two 30-minute halves and involved mixed teams of senior and Under-23 players. The match ended 3-2, with Mamoudou Karamoko (2), Julian Justvan, Admir Mehmedi and Lukas Nmecha all on target. After the game, head coach Oliver Glasner expressed his delight at the return of Mehmedi, Casteels, Ginczek and Schlager, who all made their comebacks from injury.
Oliver Glasner, Yunus Malli and Felix Klaus were unable to play in today’s training match due to knocks, but four longer-term injury absentees did manage to take part.
Oliver Glasner: “Koen Casteels, Admir Mehmedi and Xaver Schlager all played the full 60 minutes, Daniel Ginczek was on the pitch for 45 minutes. All of them are on the right track and it’s nice to see the lads involved in a match out on the pitch again. We’ve hardly been able to train like this recently, and we’re unlikely to do so again before the training camp due to our hectic schedule. That’s why we [played the game] today. Now we need to see how Xaver and Daniel react to today’s efforts. It shouldn’t be a problem with Koen and Admir, whose muscle injury hasn’t kept him out for long.”
Are the four players already in contention for Saturday?
Glasner: “We can definitely count on Koen and Admir this weekend. I’m still a bit blown away by what I’ve seen today - my first impression is that both Daniel and Xaver could be available again before the end of the calendar year.”
The international break is coming to an end. Are you pleased with how the last few days have gone?
Glasner: “It was a good period - even though there weren’t that many of us - because we were able to set goals and focus on certain areas in training with several players, which is almost unusual. The intensity levels in training have been high, which has been practically impossible recently with so many games. That’s why I’m pleased with how things have gone so far.”