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Bosz says Wirtz will sit out Pokal match, Hütter addresses Zirkzee speculation

By Peter Vice

At a Monday press conference, Leverkusen trainer Peter Bosz confirmed that he would once again sit midfielder Florian Wirtz in tomorrow's Pokal encounter. 

Over in Hessen, most of the questions for Adi Hütter revolved around the transfer market.

Peter Bosz.
Peter Bosz.Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer 04 Leverkusen prepare for their second showdown in ten days. A delayed second-round DFB Pokal fixture brings the German Eagles to the BayArena, where their Nordrhein-Westfallen hosts hope to reverse the results on their recent league encounter.


Werkself head coach Peter Bosz said little when asked the status of 17-year-old attacking winger Florian Wirtz on Monday; only flatly stating that the teenage phenom would not be available for Tuesday's elimination fixture.

The official line form Germany's red company team remains that Wirtz is simply being rested to avoid overload and burnout. German footballing magazine Kicker reports that Wirtz has been dealing with knee problems, but Bosz did not address the rumors at the presser.

Eintracht's Filip Kostic will also be missing from the upcoming clash. The Serbian winger must still serve a red-card suspension from the previous round. Trainer Adi Hütter did not specify who might take the 28-year-old's place.

Frankfurt's ad-hoc system of two tens (Amin Younes and Daichi Kamada) stationed behind their lone remaining striker André Silva has worked surprisingly well in the last two league rounds. The club nevertheless continues its intensive search for another lead striker on the transfer market.

Adler trainer Adi Hütter fielded some questions on this topic at his own press conference. Specifically, journalists pressed the Austrian gaffer for more information on the rumored procurement of Bayern's Joshua Zirkzee.


The 19-year-old Dutch striker earned a three-match suspension after committing a hard foul in an FC Bayern II match over the weekend. Hütter conceded that the development "certainly gave [the club] something to think about", but emphasized that "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."


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