The Eintracht striker Goncalo Paciencia who returned to team training during the week is not yet an option for the match at SC Freiburg This could open up a new opportunity for Sam Lammers
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Paciencia had suffered a muscle injury in his thigh in the away match against VfL Bochum (0:2) on matchday 9 and had been out since then. Glasner will still be without the Portuguese in Freiburg, and the coach is not planning on using the striker again until next week: “I think he will be available to us on Thursday for the game against Antwerp. “
Is Glasner going for a one-two?
Last time in Fürth (2:1), Jesper Lindström played as a suspended striker next to Rafael Borré – but he was not able to recommend himself. The same applies to Lammers, who has so far fallen well short of expectations and put in a grotesquely poor performance in his last outing, the 2-1 win in Piraeus. Nevertheless, the Dutchman could get another chance, after all Glasner had demonstratively backed him after the victory in Greece.
Another alternative is Olympic participant Ragnar Ache, who has not made more than brief appearances as a wild card this season. A starting eleven appearance for the 23-year-old would therefore come as a surprise. The coach could also opt for a 3-4-3 and field a second ten-man (Lindström, Hauge) alongside Daichi Kamada. However, the season so far has shown that Borré, who is only 1.74 metres tall, is not suitable as the sole striker and is usually at a loss against the physically superior opposing defenders.
“Offensive joker” Rode in the squad: “Does the team good “
Finding the right offensive line-up is no easy task for Glasner. After all, he can call on almost all of the professionals in Freiburg. Apart from Paciencia, only left-back Christopher Lenz (muscle injury) remains out. “He is on his way back. It might take a few more weeks, but I already think that he will be available for one or two games before the winter break,” explained Glasner.
In Freiburg, captain Sebastian Rode, who had to take some time off recently and missed a few sessions with the team, will also be available. The left knee, which was operated on in August (arthroscopy), is still causing discomfort after exertion. “Sebastian is okay so far. He didn’t do the full workload. We know that we have to dose and control the load well,” says Glasner. But the midfielder is available for 20, 30 minutes or a half. With regard to Rode’s wild card goal in Fürth, the coach explains with a smile: “In the meantime, we can also substitute him as an offensive wild card who scores goals for us. He has developed even more during his injury break. I’m happy when he’s there. With his experience, he does the team a lot of good.