Before the game against VfL Bochum, Xabi Alonso announces Florian Wirtz’s comeback in the starting XI and probably reveals Jonathan Tah’s return to the starting line-up. In addition, the coach at least does not rule out that striker Patrik Schick could be part of the matchday squad again for the first time in the following game against BVB on Sunday.
Florian Wirtz will celebrate his comeback in the starting XI against VfL Bochum. After the 19-year-old was only able to play as a joker in the 3-2 win in Mönchengladbach ten months after a cruciate ligament rupture due to a cold, the beacon of hope is now completely restored. “He’s perfectly fit. He’s feeling a lot better. He’s in,” said Xabi Alonso on Tuesday.
The coach announced the use of the young star so to speak. He may have inadvertently betrayed Jonathan Tah’s. After explaining his role as a substitute (“It was a tactical and technical decision”) in Gladbach: “Jona is in great shape. He will…” said the 41-year-old and broke off his sentence, “he is an important player. ”
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If Tah returns to the eleven as the head of defence, this would speak for a clear 3-4-3 in which Wirtz would then act as a false nine. And he would act as a representative of Patrik Schick, who is still working on his comeback. However, the Czech, who has been suffering from groin problems since early November, could soon return.
“He’s not an issue for Bochum. He’s also feeling a lot better. The progress over the past two weeks has been greater than expected. That’s very good because we need him,” said Xabi Alonso, even closing the scorer’s return on Sunday not completely out against BVB.: “It may be too early for Dortmund,” said the coach, adding, “but I’m not a doctor…”
Against BVB, however, Schick would at best be conceivable as a joker for a short assignment. On Friday next week in the game at FC Augsburg, however, the national striker should be available again as a real option at the latest.