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Hope at the end of the peat valley: Niederlechner for comeback

With only 17 goals in the first half of the season; FC Augsburg’s biggest construction site has been quickly identified. But the burden in attack should not fall on the shoulders of record transfer Ricardo Pepi; the table-15. relies on two returnees.

Hope at the end of the peat valley: Niederlechner for comeback

Pain-free again and a comeback candidate: Augsburg striker Florian Niederlechner.
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For Florian Niederlechner; the season did not go according to plan. After five games; the attacker scored two goals; but only one more came later in the series – the fact that he is still the FCA’s top scorer says a lot. Instead; his medical records were filling up: an inguinal hernia was followed by a metatarsal contusion. “Flo only played with problems and pain for months;” summed up coach Markus Weinzierl.

Pain-free training week

All the more joyful was that the 31-year-old was always involved in the first week of training of the new year and is apparently ready for a painless comeback on Saturday (3:30pm; live on kicker) at TSG Hoffenheim. The playful upward trend suits him. While the Fuggerstadt team only had 3.2 chances in 90 minutes in the first half of the first half of the season until the 9th match day; there were 5.4 in the following eight appearances. The number of goals scored increased in this period from 0.6 to 1.5 goals per game. Niederlechner and Sturmjuwel Pepi should contribute to further improvement.

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Niederlechner Florian

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Finnbogason is brought in – with the group over 30 out of the crisis?

With Alfred Finnbogason; the situation is somewhat different. The long-term ill has only 140 minutes of playing time in the current season. The Icelander has had muscle problems in recent months and the 31-year-old is currently getting into team training with individual units. “If he’s fit; he’s an important factor. But we shouldn’t chase him every game. He can also be decisive as a joker;” emphasized Weinzierl.

We can’t chase him every game.

Nevertheless; the FCA is counting on the 30-plus faction in the storm to end the silence in the other penalty area. “Obviously we want to increase our striking power and we need goals. Both have proven that they can score goals. They make us more varied and more difficult to calculate;” said Weinzierl.

The difficult start also has positive sides

The opening schedule against TSG and then at home against Eintracht Frankfurt and in Leverkusen is tough; but it could also accommodate the Bavarian Swabia. Because the December games in Bochum (2:3) and Fürth (0:0) showed how difficult it is for the FCA when they are presented with large parts of the game. “Such games are not our forte; but we still lack a bit of individuality;” admitted Weinzierl. In any case; this concern should be less of a concern to the club against the strong trio in January.

Cod and small tested

Niklas Dorsch and substitute Daniel Klein will be back at team training on Wednesday. As with Reece Oxford; a PCR test had given them an unclear result before the start of the training; which indicated a corona infection. After consultation with the health department; both were able to free themselves and leave the isolation. This does not yet apply to Oxford; but the central defender will be suspended on Saturday after the 5th yellow card.


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