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Eintracht captain Rode to make squad return on Thursday

By Peter Vice

Eintracht Frankfurt head-coach Oliver Glasner confirmed that captain Sebastian Rode would make his squad comeback in tomorrow evening's Europa League fixture. 

Sebastian Rode.
Sebastian Rode.

Since being named squad captain in summer training camp, 31-year-old midfielder Sebastian Rode has not yet had the chance to don the skipper's armband in a league fixture. Rode had to bow out with knee problems requiring surgery in mid August. After returning to team training two weeks ago, the veteran is now apparently fit enough for the bench squad.

"He has trained and is thus far doing well," SGE head-coach Oliver Glasner revealed in his Wednesday presser, "We're getting a very high quality alternative back."

Glasner made sure emphasize that a potential start for Rode against UEL opponents Olympiacos Piraeus would be "far too soon".

In Rode's absense, Matin Hinteregger and Makoto Hasebe have taken turns snapping on the captain's armband. It's also unclear if there may be a way back for Rode in midfield.

Glasner has constantly shifted tactics over the course of Frainkfurt's bumpy start to the campaign. The midfield double-six duo of Djibril Sow and Kristijan Jakic nevertheless appears a consistent part of the lineup that Glasner does not wish to tinker with.

Rode can play further back in defense as well and did occasionally work within a back-four last season.

1Kevin Trapp
35Lucas Melo ↩60
20Makoto Hasebe (C)
13Martin Hinteregger
18Almamy Touré ↩82
6Kristijan Jakić
8Djibril Sow ↩89
10Filip Kostić
15Daichi Kamada
19Rafael Borré
39Gonçalo Paciência ↩82
40Diant Ramaj
9Sam Lammers
23Jens Hauge ↪89
2Evan N'Dicka ↪60
24Danny da Costa
37Erik Durm ↪82
3Stefan Ilsanker
7Ajdin Hrustic
17Sebastian Rode ↪82
22Timothy Chandler
29Jesper Lindstrøm
1Tomáš Vaclík
27Kenny Lala ↩77
15Sokratis Papastathopoulos
66Pape Cissé
45Oleg Reabciuk
4Mohamed Camara ↩65
6Yann M'Vila ↩60
5Andreas Bouchalakis (C)
19Giorgos Masouras ↩77
11Youssef El-Arabi ↩65
22Aguibou Camara
88Konstantinos Tzolakis
7Henry Onyekuru ↪60
10Rony Lopes ↪77
17Marios Vrousai
29Tiquinho ↪65
90Vasilios Sourlis
24Ousseynou Ba
33Michał Karbownik
34Avraam Papadopoulos
8Pierre Malong ↪65
14Thanasis Androutsos ↪77
28Mathieu Valbuena

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