“A very good chance” that Kevin Vogt will play

Team news ahead of the Hoffenheim game
Kevin Vogt has passed all of his medical tests so far (Photo: nordphoto).
First Team
Friday, 24.01.2020 / 13:20

Head coach Florian Kohfeldt is optimistic about Kevin Vogt’s chances of starting in the home game against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the weekend. “I’m happy with the diagnosis. Kevin passed all of the mandatory tests with flying colours. We believe there’s a very good chance that Kevin will play against Hoffenheim,” Kohfeldt explained on Friday afternoon.

Kohfeldt spoke about the importance of making sure that the new signing is at no risk of worsening the concussion he suffered in last Saturday’s win. “There’s no room for error with this type of injury, like there may perhaps be with a muscular injury. You can’t risk it,” Kohfeldt emphasised. It was imperative that Vogt passed all of his tests successfully in the run-up to the match, before even considering him as a contender for the starting XI. “There are no halfway houses with this sort of thing,” Kohfeldt said.

The head coach had even more positive news to share ahead of the first home game of the year. “Everyone who took part in Düsseldorf is fit for the game,” he said in the pre-match press conference. Leonardo Bittencourt is available again, despite battling with an ongoing foot problem since the winter training camp. “This has nothing to do with the injury list. He wants to, and is able to play. He trained as normal yesterday,” Kohfeldt said about the former Hoffenheim player.

Kohfeldt not only has Bittencourt to his disposal, but will also be able to look towards Fin Bartels as an option off the bench. The 32-year-old isn’t a contender for a starting spot, but will certainly be part of the squad for the game. “He’s got half an hour in him,” Kohfeldt said about the winger.