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Marsch declares Szobszlai fit for Saturday test fixture: "His use is planned"

By Peter Vice

RB Leipzig trainer Jesse Marsch confirmed on Wednesday that high-priced Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai should finally suit up for his new club for this coming Saturday's test fixture. 

Dominik Szoboszlai.
Dominik Szoboszlai.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Mathias Mandl

Attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is no stranger to a RB jersey. Since switching from Salzburg to Leipzig during last winter's transfer window, however, he has yet to don the tricot of the German Red Bulls.

The 20-year-old prodigy has certainly experienced his fair share of highs and lows over the past nine months. In November, the Hungarian international literally smashed his country into Germany's Euro 2020 group. Shortly thereafter, Leipzig secured his services for a hefty €20 million transfer fee.

Football watchers in Germany then had to place all of their eager anticipation on hold. The phenom appeared neither in the Bundesliga nor in Germany's European Championship group. Persistent abductor problems reportedly related to his hip and pubic bones have sidelined Szoboszlai since December.

He has not made a competitive appearance since then. Football fans across the Bundesrepublik can be certainly be forgiven for questioning whether they may ever get a chance to see Szoboszlai in action. While his first crack at a competitive appearance remains over a month away, new Leipzig trainer Jesse Marsch at least confirmed that he would suit up for a Saturday test fixture against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

In order to strike a starkly different tone from many falsely presaged comebacks, Leipzig took care to release training photos showing Szoboszlai in full training on their official twitter feed. Marsh declined to commit to a start for the player he once coached at Salzburg, emphasizing that Szoboszlai "was still not at 100 percent." The American gaffer nevertheless did aver that "his use is planned."

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