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Matarazzo provides injury updates: Coulibaly and Karazor remain out, Kalajdzic available off the bench

By Peter Vice

VfB trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo provided injury updates ahead of Friday's clash with RB Leipzig at his Thursday presser. 

Pellegrino Matarazzo.
Pellegrino Matarazzo.

A round two Bundesliga showdown on Friday night pits two American head-coaches against one another for the first time in Bundesliga history. In point of fact, there were no American gaffer's in top-tier German footballing history until Pellegrino Matarazzo's Stuttgart achieved promotion back to the first division ahead of last season.

Jesse Marsch of RB Leipzig finds himself suddenly under a bit of extra scrutiny after his incredibly valuable and immensely deep squad lost to a COVID depleted Mainz side in the league's opening weekend. Despite the fact that Matarazzo's 2021/22 version of his team rolls into Saxony having outscored opponents by a combined 11-1 scoreline, the Swabians must still be considered the underdogs.

Stuttgart did well in the Pokal and against promoted Fürth in round one despite having several absentee problems of their own. Talismanic striker Sasa Kalajdzic barely had time to regain fitness after returning from this summer's European Championships before testing positive for COVID.

Kalajdzic and fellow positive test Tanguy Coulibaly only just returned to training this week. Perhaps in light of the significant nature of tomorrow's fixture Matarazzo surprised many by openly stating that the nearly two meter tall Austrian would be available off the bench late against Leipzig.

"I'm seeing a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes for him at this fitness level," Matarazzo emphasized at his presser.

Unfortunately, Coulibaly's reintegration into the team training has gone a little slower. The VfB trainer noted that the club would give the French attacker more time before rushing him back. Stuttgart's head-coach also ruled out midfielder Atakan Karazor, whom he said continued to suffer from "muscle inflammation issues."

RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
16Lukas Klostermann
4Willi Orban ↩76
2Mohamed Simakan
32Joško Gvardiol
14Tyler Adams
8Amadou Haidara ↩68
17Dominik Szoboszlai ↩69
10Emil Forsberg (C)
18Christopher Nkunku ↩82
33André Silva ↩69
31Josep Martínez
9Yussuf Poulsen ↪82
11Hwang Hee-Chan ↪69
21Brian Brobbey
22Nordi Mukiele ↪76
7Marcel Sabitzer ↪68
27Konrad Laimer ↪69
44Kevin Kampl
1Florian Müller
5Konstantinos Mavropanos ↩84
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
30Roberto Massimo
21Phillipp Klement ↩73
3Wataru Endo (C)
24Borna Sosa
20Philipp Förster ↩81
31Mateo Klimowicz ↩73
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui ↩46
33Fabian Bredlow
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↪73
15Pascal Stenzel ↪84
37Hiroki Ito
6Clinton Mola
8Enzo Millot ↪73
10Daniel Didavi ↪46
11Erik Thommy ↪81

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