Werder Bremen's coach doesn't have as many injury problems to deal with as last season. He will still have to get a bit creative in building a squad for his next encounter, however, after two midfield actors find themselves suspended.
"I was very concerned that Manuel might have to leave the field early on a yellow-red once [Wolfsburg] got another deep run behind him," he explained.
Davie Klaassen's departure at the end of the summer transfer window has forced Kohfeldt into many innovative midfield solutions. While Kohfedlt declared himself pleased with Mbom's progress, he noted that the 20-year-old's performances on duels left much to be desired.
"He needs to solve problems with his positional play," the coach noted, "before it comes down to a last-ditch duel."
Mbom's replacement, Kevin Möhwald, actually did get sent off on a yellow-red in the 3-5 loss to Wolfsburg. A suspension for the 27-year-old, combined with the fact that Mbom will have to sit out the coming fixture against Stuttgart on yellow accumulation, leaves Kohfeldt short of options in central midfield; by far his thinnest position.
"Perhaps Maxi Eggestein or Christian Groß will have to play in a different position," Kohfeldt speculated in a conversation with Germany's Bild Zeitung, "Leonardo Bittencourt has also played in a double-six set-up before."