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Augsburg lose starter Rexhbecaj for extended period

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

According to a report in the local "Augsburger Allgemeine" Zeitung reports that FC Augsburg have lost one of their starting midfielders for a period of three to four weeks. Germany's Kicker magazine confirms the report.
Elvis Rexhbecaj.
Elvis Rexhbecaj.Photo: FC Augsburg
Official confirmation from the club is still pending, but it looks to be the case that FC Augsburg will have to do without starting midfielder Elvis Rexhbecaj for a period of three to four weeks. The 25-year-old had to be substituted off with injury during last Friday's league win over Hoffenheim. Augsburg's local newspaper and Germany's preeminent footballing publication now report that an MRI-scan confirms that the German Kosovar has torn a muscle fiber in his calf.

Rexhbecaj has started 20 of Augsburg's 21 league fixtures this season. Since play resumed after the turn of the new calendar year, Rexhbecaj has formed a solid midfield double-six partnership with the surprise 19-year-old Belgian phenom Arne Engels. During last Friday night's hard-fought victory, FCA trainer Enrico Maaßen briefly tried pairing Engels with fellow 19-year-old Renato Veiga before eventually bringing on veteran Julian Baumgartlinger to help stabilize the axis.

Maaßen has many options in terms of the double-six. Arne Maier - serving on the flanks as of late - could move back to his natural position. Niklas Dorsch - finally once again fit after struggling with injury this year - could also be reintroduced in the XI. Maier and Dorsch were the initially intended pairing at the double-six for the Fuggerstädter. The duo have worked together at the double-six for the German U21s.

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