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RB Leipzig
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C. Nkunku (13)

Leipzig updates:
No further COVID positives, coach/players expected back, club weighs more help for Marsch

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

RB Leipzig confirmed early Wednesday that a fresh round of PCR tests ordered on all players and staff had returned no more positive results. As a result, there should be nothing in the way of the club resuming training this afternoon and traveling to Köpenick for a match against Union Berlin this Friday. 

RBlive reports that head-coach Jesse Marsch and three of the four players recently forced into quarantine for positive results should be back in time for the match. 

Meanwhile, as concerns RB Leipzig, Germany's main sporting tabloid reports that the club is considering hiring some additional assistant coaches to assist the fledgling Marsch regime. 
Oliver Mintzlaff and Jesse Marsch.
Oliver Mintzlaff and Jesse Marsch.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche
After a further round of positive COVID results on Tuesday forced RB Leipzig to cancel training and placed the club's weekend match against 1. FC Union Berlin in jeopardy, the Saxon club tentatively signaled the "all clear" on Wednesday. It now seems significantly less likely that the Friday Bundesliga fixture against FC Union Berlin would have to be delayed.

Further reports from RBLive suggests that squad captain Peter Gulacsi and head-coach Jesse Marsch will be in line to return either today or tomorrow, having completed their requisite quarantines and tested negative. The club website also noted the three active players who tested positive late last week--Willi Orban, Mohamed Simakan, and Hugo Novoa, could also return in time for the clash.

The return of trainer Marsch, in particular, constitutes a huge relief for the club. Germany's main sporting tabloid reported yesterday that assistant coach Achim Beierlorzer, who had been leading the team from the sidelines in the last two matches, was among those staff members who tested positive.

Interestingly enough, the tabloid Sport Bild also reported that acting chief sporting executive Oliver Mintzlaff is considering hiring some additional coaches to assist Marsch in getting his fledgling leadership regime into more stable territory.

Sport Bild reports that there have been complaints by some players that Marsch's rather distant and relaxed leadership style left many players feeling as if they haven't been given clear instructions. Sport Bild notes that Mintzlaff and the managerial team wish to explore the possibility of augmenting the coaching staff before considering the possibility of dismissing Marsch.

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