Molde - Hoffenheim

Europe: Europa League
Molde M. Ellingsen (41), E. Andersen (70), D. Fofana (74)
Estadio de la Cerámica3-3
Hoffenheim M. Dabour (8), M. Dabour (28), C. Baumgartner (45), X M. Dabour (Pen. 63)
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Richards returns to Hoffenheim training, Kramaric questionable for Thursday

By Peter Vice

Sebastian Hoeneß can likely rely upon one of his new defensive reinforcements to make the trip to Spain on Thursday.

As pertains to his talismanic attacker, however, it looks to be a tight call.

Andrej Kramaric.
Andrej Kramaric.Photo: TSG Hoffenheim

Only Schalke 04 have conceded more Bundesliga goals this season than TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It appeared as if Sinsheimer trainer Sebastian Hoeneß procured some help for his pours defensive corps in the form of Bayern back Chris Richards. Hoeneß already had the benefit of working with the young American on the FCB youth campus.

After a promising debut, Richards had to be withdrawn from the starting XI this weekend after pulling a muscle in training. The 20-year-old returned to full training on Tuesday and is expected to be available for Thursday's Europa League clash against FK Molde. There exists markedly less optimism about 29-year-old Croat striker Andrej Kramaric.

The amasser of 16 scorer points this cycle, and the attacker without whom Hoffenheim have failed to win a single league game this year, also had to be pulled from the lineup with an ankle injury on Saturday. Kramaric only engaged in light individual training. A potential return in time for the round-of-32 UEL match looks to be tight indeed.

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