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Doucouré headed back to reserves with fresh injury

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

In spite of the fact that injuries currently leave the squad thin in central defense, Borussia Mönchengladbach don't appear ready to chance it with once promising prospect Mamadou Doucouré.

An highly unfortunate, though minor, injury means that the 24-year-old is headed back to the reserves for the time being. 
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Once hailed as one of the Bundesliga's most promising "Wunderkinder", now 24-year-old French central defender Mamadou Doucouré has seen his career de-railed by a series of injuries that have kept him sidelined for a cumulative total of over 1,500 days. It briefly appeared that the former PSG phenom's time might finally be nigh when injuries to Ko Itakura and Nico Elvedi saw him called up to the senior squad two weeks ago.

When speaking to Germany's main sporting tabloid this week, however, BMG sporting director Roland Virkus confirmed that the club planned to keep the former French youth international with the reserves. A loan-out to a 2. Bundesliga side this winter seems probable as the organization plans to reintegrate Doucouré slowly. There's also been a fresh capsule injury that threatens to sideline him yet again

"Mamadou is being introduced to the team via the U23s so as to manage his workload," Virkus told Germany's Sport Bild, "There's a minor, non-muscular injury, which is real shame for him. We hope he will be back soon. He still makes a positive and optimistic impression."

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