VfL Wolfsburg kick off Matchday 4 with a visit to Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday 13 September (kick-off 20:30 CEST). The Wolves have made a bright start to the season under Oliver Glasner, with the 1-1 draw against SC Paderborn a fortnight ago coming on the back of successive wins from their opening two league games.
The size of the task facing his side at the Merkur Spiel-Arena is not lost on the VfL head coach, who will be without one of his key defenders. “John Brooks suffered an adductor muscle tear on international duty and will miss the next three weeks,” said the 45-year-old.
At Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Glasner also spoke about…
…the personnel situation: “Xaver Schlager and Koen Casteels have now been joined on the injury list by John Brooks. Fortunately, everyone else has returned from international duty with a clean bill of health. Jerome Roussillon and Josuha Guilavogui have also recovered from a stomach virus. Both players have been able to train again and both will be available in Düsseldorf.”
…possible changes to the starting line-up: “We have a number of options. We need to determine the condition of each individual player. Guilavogui, for example, has been ill in bed for two days. Jeffrey Bruma and Marcel Tisserand looked in good shape in our friendly against HSV. I’m pleased to have two very good central defensive options available. I’ve got a good feeling about both of them - both are getting on well in training and with their team-mates.”
…Friday’s opponents: “Düsseldorf are a very compact and robust outfit. They made things difficult for Eintracht Frankfurt last time out. We’re in good shape ourselves, though. We’re up against really tough opposition, but our aim is clear and we want to win the game.”
…the opportunity to move top of the league: “If we win, we’ll be top for a couple of hours at least, but I won’t be cutting out the table and hanging it on the wall. I don’t want us to worry about permutations in these situations. We have a tough job ahead of us.”