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Stuttgart K. Mavropanos (45), H. Al Ghaddioui (45)
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Freiburg J. Woo-Yeong (3), J. Woo-Yeong (9), L. Höler (28)

Stuttgart striker crisis: Polster and Schipplock train with first team

By Peter Vice

Two new strikers trained with the Stuttgart senior side on Tuesday as Pellegrino Matarazzo races to get attacking options up to speed in time for the weekend's Bundesliga fixture. 

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Facing a crisis of sorts after multiple injuries, VfB Stuttgart called up a youngster and a veteran to train with the top squad on Tuesday. Local Baden-Württemberg daily the Stuttgarter Nachrichten reports that both Manuel Polster (18) and Sven Schipplock (32) are candidates for squad selection on Saturday.

The veteran Schipplock quietly signed a deal with to play with the reserves this offseason, returning to the same club who's youth ranks he emerged from nine years ago. The former 1899 Hoffenheim, Hamburger SV, and SV Darmstadt 98 player does bring with him the experience of 189 professional appearances. He was nevertheless not a topic for contract renewal when his deal three-year-deal with Arminia Bielefeld expired this summer.

Most everything has gone wrong for there Württemberg Swabians following the sale of Nicolas Gonzalez this summer. The club has recently lost Sasa Kalajdzic and third-choice striker Mohamed Sankoh to long-term injuries. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Sankoh will officially be out for the entirety of the 2021/22 season.

Additionally, possible other candidates to fill in at lead striker Silas Katompa Mvumpa and Tanguy Coulibaly remain unavailable.

Schipplock does have 19 Bundesliga tallies to his name. He netted one goal last season for Bielefeld.

1Florian Müller
5Konstantinos Mavropanos ↩61
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
30Roberto Massimo
3Wataru Endo (C)
21Phillipp Klement ↩77
24Borna Sosa
20Philipp Förster ↩70
31Mateo Klimowicz
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui
33Fabian Bredlow
15Pascal Stenzel
16Atakan Karazor
37Hiroki Ito ↪61
6Clinton Mola
7Tanguy Coulibaly
8Enzo Millot ↪77
10Daniel Didavi ↪70
11Erik Thommy
26Mark Flekken
17Lukas Kübler
3Philipp Lienhart
4Nico Schlotterbeck
30Christian Günter (C)
22Roland Sallai ↩81
14Yannik Keitel ↩46
27Nicolas Höfler ↩46
32Vincenzo Grifo ↩46
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↩89
9Lucas Höler
1Benjamin Uphoff
11Ermedin Demirović ↪89
18Nils Petersen
20Kevin Schade ↪81
5Manuel Gulde ↪46
23Dominique Heintz
31Keven Schlotterbeck
8Maximilian Eggestein ↪46
19Janik Haberer ↪46

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