Moenchengladbach Borussia Mönchengladbach started training after the derby defeat without five professionals. Coach Adi Hütter was able to accommodate two returnees in Rocco Reitz and Torben Müsel. There is also good news from Manu Koné.
No, Borussia Mönchengladbach has not yet signed a player for the new season, and yet there are already two new players this summer: Rocco Reitz and Torben Müsel are training again at Borussia Park with immediate effect. The season in Belgium is already over for the duo, active at VV St. Truiden and KAS Eupen since January. Neither Eupen nor Saint-Trond have qualified for the play-offs which still have to be played there.
Although Reitz and Müsel are no longer eligible to play for Borussia this season, they can already recommend themselves for the new season. On Tuesday, three days after Borussia’s 3-1 derby loss to 1. FC Köln, the two took part in the 90-minute session.
This did not apply to Matthias Ginter, among others, who received a “hit on the sole” against Cologne and then had to be substituted before halftime. Laszlo Bénes, who sprained his thigh shortly after taking office, was also absent at the start of the training week, which focuses on the SC Friborg away match on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Sky). “With Laci and Matze we have to wait and see how it develops in the next few days,” said Hütter.
Marcus Thuram, who according to Hütter is still awaiting a control MRI, was also unable to train. On Saturday, he limped onto the stadium pitch, which is why a deployment to Freiburg is unlikely. Midfielder Manu Koné gives the green light. The Frenchman lost his ankle to Cologne but was fully involved in training on Tuesday.
Marvin Friedrich’s program seemed a bit more dynamic than last time, and he was able to add at least a few sprints to an individual session. On Wednesday, Winter Access should be able to participate in team training again. Mamadou Doucouré, who played half-time in the U23s 1-1 draw at Rot-Weiss Essen on Saturday and could still be rested, did not even appear on the pitch.
There, the 19 outfielders completed two different forms of play: First, there was an eight against eight on four mini-goals. Among other things, Reitz, Müsel and Noss were active as shorthanded players and were allowed to be played by the team in possession. Müsel retained that role in the final match that followed for two big goals in a nine-man game.
Borussia train twice on Wednesday behind closed doors. On Thursday (10.30am) spectators are allowed again before the final training session takes place behind closed doors again on Friday.
Here is the photo gallery: All injuries and absences at Borussia Mönchengladbach