Monday, December 6

FC Augsburg: Strobl threatens a longer break – and Niederlechner?

FC Augsburg received their fourth away defeat in a row at 1-0 in Wolfsburg and are still stuck in the table cellar. In addition, the FCA must fear a long-term loss of midfielder Tobias Strobl. Striker Florian Niederlechner also had to go out injured.

He had to be led from the field: Augsburg's Tobias Strobl.

He had to be led from the field: Augsburg’s Tobias Strobl.

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Strobl injured his right knee when he fouled Renato Steffen towards the end of the first half and was unable to continue. An exact diagnosis was not yet available on Saturday evening, but the first assessments by those responsible in Augsburg do not suggest anything good. “It doesn’t look so good, especially not with Tobi Strobl,” said coach Markus Weinzierl after the narrow defeat.

Manager Stefan Reuter also expects that the 31-year-old will be “fairly certain”, even if he added: “As long as we don’t have a definitive diagnosis, I have hope. We have to clarify that.” Strobl is to be examined on Sunday, and the FCA will announce the results by Monday at the latest.

I hope Flo is no longer out.

It looks better with Florian Niederlechner. The striker, who had just returned from a hernia last weekend, injured his left foot ten minutes after being substituted on when he tried to shoot and hit opponent Sebastiaan Bornauw instead of the ball. The Wolfsburg had to go straight out, Niederlechner about twenty minutes later. “He pulls through and has hurt himself extremely,” said Reuter. “I hope Flo is no longer out.”

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