Stuttgart - Wolfsburg

Germany: Bundesliga
StuttgartX P. Förster (Pen. 27), G. Castro (90)
Mercedes-Benz-Arena1-3
Wolfsburg X. Schlager (13), W. Weghorst (29), Y. Gerhardt (65)
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Three Stuttgart players in quarantine

By Peter Vice

The specter of the global pandemic's third wave continues to haunt German football. VfB Stuttgart head-coach Pellegrino Matarazzo confirmed on Tuesday that Nicolas Gonzalez, Marcin Kaminski, and Lilian Egloff are in precautionary quarantine. 

The trio are classified as category-one contacts in a positive case originating at the club's rehabilitation facilities. Thus far, all three players have tested negative for COVID. 

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Two of the three Stuttgart footballers currently at home in domestic quarantine have not featured on the pitch for the Swabians in quite some time. Striker Nicolas Gonzalez and midfielder Lilian Egloff find themselves in isolation after a positive test in Stuttgart's rehabilitation facility necessitated it. Of some concern, Marcin Kaminski is the third player. The Polish defender started and played 85 minutes in Saturday's 1-2 loss to Union Berlin.


"One is really starting to worry," VfB trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo reflectively remarked at his Tuesday presser, "We're already doing a lot, wearing masks, keeping our distance, and testing every day. The entire squad has been put on high alert. Nothing more can be done."

Following last week's outbreak in the Hertha BSC camp, a legitimate source of apprehension remains that the completion of the season will be placed in jeopardy if another Bundesliga team is forced into quarantine. Matarazzo did his level best to keep the focus of the press conference on the upcoming match against Wolfsburg, speaking to the motivation his team should have to play the next opponent.

"If I were a player, I'd be psyched for this match," the American head-coach commented, "We can measure ourselves against a top team in the league. If that's not impetus enough for a team in it's first Bundesliga season than I don't know what is."

Unfortunately for Stuttgart, its supplier of deadly crosses from the left flank will once again have to sit this one out. Borna Sosa's knee capsule injury has shown no signs of improvement. Matarazzo confirmed that the Croatian international would be unavailable for at least "another two weeks."


Stuttgart
(3-4-2-1)
1Gregor Kobel
2Waldemar Anton
16Atakan Karazor
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
30Roberto Massimo
3Wataru Endo (C)
32Naouirou Ahamada ↩71
7Tanguy Coulibaly
20Philipp FörsterX ↩71
31Mateo Klimowicz ↩63
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↩80
Bench
33Fabian Bredlow
15Pascal Stenzel
6Clinton Mola
8Gonzalo Castro ↪71
10Daniel Didavi ↪71
11Erik Thommy
19Darko Churlinov ↪63
21Phillipp Klement
29Alkhaly Momo Cissé ↪80
Wolfsburg
(4-2-3-1)
1Koen Casteels (C)
20Ridle Baku
34Marin Pongracic
25John Brooks
15Jérôme Roussillon
24Xaver Schlager ↩66
27Maximilian Arnold
7Josip Brekalo ↩76
17Maximilian Philipp ↩66
31Yannick Gerhardt
9Wout Weghorst ↩88
Bench
12Pavao Pervan
21Bartosz Bialek ↪88
33Daniel Ginczek ↪76
4Maxence Lacroix
5Jeffrey Bruma
39Tim Siersleben
14Admir Mehmedi ↪66
23Josuha Guilavogui ↪66
40João Victor

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