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Germany: Bundesliga
Leverkusen F. Wirtz (9), P. Schick (45), M. Diaby (55)
Dortmund E. Håland (37), J. Brandt (49), R. Guerreiro (71), E. Håland (Pen. 77)

Leverkusen's Baumgartlinger out until 2022, Seoane commits to Robert Andrich start

By Peter Vice

Bayer Leverkusen revealed on Tuesday that veteran defensive midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger had undergone major knee surgery on Monday. 

With Charles Aranguiz also unavailable after suffering a calf injury on international duty, head-coach Gerardo Seoane guaranteed a place in the starting XI for newly-acquired midfielder Robert Andrich. 

Robert Andrich.
Robert Andrich.

Thirty-three-year-old Julian Baumgartlinger has gone under the knife yet again. The Austrian international's Bundesliga club revealed this information on Tuesday. Another knee operation will keep the veteran sidelined until 2022.

Leverkusen did not offer the same degree of detailed information about other veteran midfielder, former team captain Charles Aranguiz. It was nevertheless confirmed that the 32-year-old Chilean--after suffering a calf injury on international duty--would not be available this weekend.

One assumes that this applies to another one of the squad's sixes. Exequiel Palacios remains in South America with the Argentine national team and has a match on Thursday night.

"At the moment, there are three options for the double-six," Bayer head-coach Gerardo Seoane remarked at a Tuesday presser, "Nadiem Amiri, Kerem Demirbay, and Robert Andrich. Robert's physicality would do us good from the start."

Seoane went on to guarantee a place in the starting XI for the 26-year-old recently acquired from 1. FC Union Berlin. Andrich has made two relief appearances since making the switch.

"Robert is ready," Seoane said, "He's trained well. He's had to be a little patient because Aranguiz and Palacios did so well. But now that the English weeks [week's with two matches] are coming, there's enough playing time for everyone. I can commit to Robert being in the starting XI with a clear conscience."

1Lukáš Hradecky (C)
30Jeremie Frimpong
6Kossonou Odilon
4Jonathan Tah
5Mitchel Bakker
10Kerem Demirbay ↩79
8Robert Andrich
19Moussa Diaby
27Florian Wirtz
7Paulinho ↩63
14Patrik Schick ↩78
40Andrey Lunev
13Lucas Alario ↪78
31Amine Adli ↪63
38Karim Bellarabi ↪79
3Panagiotis Retsos
22Daley Sinkgraven
11Nadiem Amiri
25Exequiel Palacios
1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier
34Marin Pongracic ↩84
16Manuel Akanji
13Raphaël Guerreiro
22Jude Bellingham ↩89
28Axel Witsel ↩66
8Mahmoud Dahoud
19Julian Brandt
11Marco Reus (C)
9Erling Håland
35Marwin Hitz
18Youssoufa Moukoko
21Donyell Malen ↪66
36Ansgar Knauff
15Mats Hummels ↪84
30Felix Passlack
39Marius Wolf ↪89
42Göktan Gürpüz

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