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Leverkusen boss 'very optimistic' that Wirtz will be fit for Bochum

By Rune Gjerulff

Bayer Leverkusen boss Rudi Völler is 'very optimistic' that Florian Wirtz will make his return from injury this weekend.

Florian Wirtz.
Florian Wirtz.

Bayer Leverkusen managing director for sport Rudi Völler is expecting to see Florian Wirtz back on the pitch against VfL Bochum on Saturday.


The highly-rated 18-year-old missed Leverkusen's 1-1 draw against Hertha just before the international break due to problems with his hip flexor, but should be back this weekend.

"We are very optimistic about Florian," Völler said in an interview with Kicker.

In addition to Wirtz, Leverkusen could have a few other players back from injury.

"With [Lucas] Alario, it also looks good," added Völler.

"I've seen [Karim] Bellarabi on the pitch as well."


Leverkusen
(4-4-2)
1Lukáš Hradecky (C)
30Jeremie Frimpong
4Jonathan Tah
12Edmond Tapsoba
22Daley Sinkgraven ↪76
19Moussa Diaby
8Robert Andrich
10Kerem Demirbay ↪66
11Nadiem Amiri ↪76
31Amine Adli
27Florian Wirtz ↪90
Bench
36Niklas Lomb
40Andrey Lunev
7Paulinho ↩76
37Emrehan Gedikli
3Panagiotis Retsos
6Kossonou Odilon ↩90
33Piero Hincapié ↩76
25Exequiel Palacios ↩66
29Zidan Sertdemir
Bochum
(4-3-3)
1Manuel Riemann
16Konstantinos Stafylidis
4Erhan Mašović
24Konstantinos-Vassilios Lambropoulos
3Danilo Soares
38Eduard Löwen ↪82
8Anthony Losilla (C)
20Elvis Rexhbecaj ↪70
10Takuma Asano
40Sebastian Polter ↪82
22Christopher Antwi-Adjej ↪70
Bench
21Michael Esser
15Soma Novothny ↩82
27Miloš Pantović ↩70
32Tarsis Bonga
35Silvère Ganvoula ↩82
2Cristian Gamboa
11Herbert Bockhorn ↩70
37Armel Bella-Kotchap
13Raman Chibsah

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