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“Don’t Forget How Long He Was Out”: Timothy Fosu-Mensah Not Yet An Option

“Don't Forget How Long He Was Out”: Timothy Fosu-Mensah Not Yet An Option
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A squad comeback of the long-term injured Timothy Fosu-Mensah is still a long time coming. The upcoming Europa League game against Celtic Glasgow is definitely on the list of missed games.

Gerardo Seoane explained on Wednesday what the situation of the right-back is and why it is difficult to return at this stage.

“It’s still too early,” the Bayer Leverkusen coach made clear at the beginning that Fosu-Mensah is not an alternative at the moment, and emphasized: “You mustn’t forget how long he was out.” It’s a full nine months in a few days . At the end of February, in the Bundesliga match against Freiburg (1: 2), the Dutchman had torn the cruciate ligament in his knee.

Fosu-Mensah symptom-free in Bayer training

In terms of health, everything is fine again now. Fosu-Mensah is in team training and “can actually do everything now without complaints”. Now it’s about fitness. And about “good feelings during training”, which should primarily mean self-confidence in the body.

The current point in time, “in the middle of the season”, makes reintegration difficult. “Actually he would need one or two halves and test games to get that feeling back,” said Seoane. There was even a benefit game in Leverkusen two weeks ago, apparently Fosu-Mensah wasn’t ready at the time.

Competitor Frimpong is becoming an endurance runner

So, for the time being, it remains uncertain when the professional who was signed up at the beginning of the year will intervene again. And thus sparked the competition on the position of the right full-back.

In Fosu-Mensah’s absence, Jeremie Frimpong was stuck there: In all competitions he was not missing a single time in the Werkself’s starting line-up this season. He only failed to play through in four games.

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