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Nagelsmann provides updates: Christopher Nkunku out for the weekend, Hee-Chan Hwang out for the year

By Peter Vice

Still beaming from his side's 3-2 defeat of Manchester United on Tuesday, a jovial Julian Nagelsmann remained playful and upbeat throughout a Friday presser. 

His convivial tone notwithstanding, there was some bad news to report regarding two of his strikers. 

Hwang Hee-Chan.
Hwang Hee-Chan.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Felix Roittner

"The mood is truly great," Julian Nagelsmann told reporters on Friday, "A very good climate and some very good football."

The 33-year-old trainer laughed and joked with reporters about everything from the upcoming Champions League draw to his own private Ice-hockey regimen. There nevertheless remained some dour news to report upon when it came to one of his players. 

Nagelsmann confirmed that new acquisition Hee-Chang Hwang would be given the rest of the year off after continued struggles with a COVID-infection. 

"Hwang had very strong symptoms," the head-coach noted, "He told me that he felt dead for the first seven days. He really wasn't doing well at all."

In light of the severity of Hwang's bout, the club opted to give him the rest of the year off and only re-introduce him into a training regimen gradually. 

"We have to be very careful," Nagelsmann said, "Something like that can be very dangerous for the heart."

The young trainer also confirmed that Christopher Nkunku will not be available for the coming fixture against Bremen. The highly-prolific 23-year-old Frenchmen incurred an ankle injury and will be left out of the squad for now. 

Nagelsmann noted that Nkunku's absence would directly lead to a start for either Yussuf Poulsen or Alexander Sørloth, but "probably not both."

RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
22Nordi Mukiele ↩65
4Willi Orban
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
23Marcel Halstenberg
44Kevin Kampl ↩46
7Marcel Sabitzer (C) ↩72
8Amadou Haidara ↩72
25Daniel Olmo
21Justin Kluivert ↩89
9Yussuf Poulsen
33Josep Martínez
10Emil Forsberg ↪72
19Alexander Sørloth ↪72
41Dennis Borkowski ↪89
6Ibrahima Konaté
45Eric Martel
14Tyler Adams ↪46
47Joscha Wosz ↪65
1Jiří Pavlenka
36Christian Groß ↩89
21Ömer Toprak ↩72
32Marco Friedl
23Theodor Gebre Selassie (C)
6Kevin Möhwald ↩81
35Maximilian Eggestein
5Ludwig Augustinsson
10Leonardo Bittencourt ↩81
20Romano Schmid ↩72
19Joshua Sargent
27Stefanos Kapino
8Yūya Ōsako ↪89
41Nick Woltemade ↪81
13Milos Veljkovic
17Felix Agu
18Niklas Moisander ↪72
22Tahith Chong ↪72
29Patrick Erras
34Jean-Manuel Mbom ↪81

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