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FC Köln E. Rexhbecaj (55), O. Duda (76)

Gisdol's Köln get two strikers, and possibly captain Hector, back in time for weekend fixture

By Peter Vice

Köln trainer Markus Gisdol had some cheerful news to report on during his Friday press conference. For the first time this season, two of his primary attackers could be considered match fit. In addition to that, his team captain might be back in time for Saturday's encounter. 

Anthony Modeste.
Anthony Modeste.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Eighteen-year-old Jan Thielmann has unequivocally made the most of the opportunity gifted to him through the injuries to Anthony Modeste and Sebastian Andersson. It's not at all inconceivable that the youngster may get his third consecutive league start against FSV Mainz 05 this weekend.

Head-coach Markus Gisdol does maintain other options, however. Summer acquisition trained without difficulty this week, meaning he could once again claim his starting role as the team's lead striker. Moreover, veteran center-forward Anthony Modeste also participated in the team's training sessions without difficulty this week. The 32-year-old Frenchman has struggled with a plethora of injury setbacks this season.

Gisdol noted that only Florian Kainz and Rafael Czichos had been explicitly ruled out of the next fixture. Everyone else stands ready for selection. This includes long-absent team captain Jonas Hector, whom Gisdol trusts to make his own decision as to whether he can play.

"In the final analysis, it will be our captain who decides," Gisdol said at the presser, "I can rely on his opinion 100 percent."

Die Geißböcke square off against one of the league's other threatened teams. Die Nullfünfter have been on a decent run-of-form, earning their first league-win of the campaign against Freiburg in round eight, then holding a superior Hoffenheim squad to a draw in round nine. Unfortunately, a good fight-back in the second-half against Bielefeld last week still left the Rheinhessen on the wrong end of a 1-2 defeat.

Mainz 05
27Robin Zentner
4Jeremiah St. Juste
42Alexander Hack ↩77
19Moussa Niakhate
29Jonathan Burkardt ↩76
6Danny Latza (C) ↩68
20Edimilson Fernandes
18Daniel Brosinski
21Karim Onisiwo
5Jean-Paul Boëtius ↩67
9Jean-Philippe Mateta
37Finn Dahmen
7Robin Quaison ↪67
11Ji Dong-Won
22Issah Abass ↪76
3Aarón Martín
15Luca Kilian
14Pierre Malong ↪77
17Kevin Stöger ↪68
35Leandro Barreiro
FC Köln
1Timo Horn (C)
26Sava-Arangel Cestic
33Sebastiaan Bornauw
23Jannes-Kilian Horn
28Ellyes Skhiri
31Marius Wolf
21Salih Özcan ↩90
20Elvis Rexhbecaj ↩82
8Ismail Jakobs ↩82
29Jan Thielmann ↩60
18Ondrej Duda
16Ron-Robert Zieler
9Sebastian Andersson
27Anthony Modeste ↪60
2Benno Schmitz ↪90
3Noah Katterbach ↪82
19Kingsley Ehizibue
22Jorge Meré
15Dimitris Limnios
24Dominick Drexler ↪82

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