Comings and goings

The penultimate week of pre-season training is well under way. Three Eagles players have returned to training, but others are sidelined.

Eintracht head coach Oliver Glasner has an increasing number of players to choose from as the start of the 2021/22 season edges ever closer. Swiss duo Djibril Sow and Steven Zuber, who are back from their holidays, and new signing Rafael Santos Borré were the three new faces involved in first-team training on Tuesday. “I honestly feel really good. I tried to stay in shape during my holidays so as not to lose my rhythm and I feel good. I feel good in training. I’m in good form. Above all it’s about adapting to the way of working and what the coach wants in terms of tactics so that I can become a full part of the team”, said the striker.

Eight missing

As well as the injured Almamy Toure and Martin Pecar, who is working his way back to full fitness following injury, Ajdin Hrustic and Filip Kostic were both absent due to a slight cold. Sebastian Rode, who is struggling with an inflamed knee, also sat out the session as a precaution, while Jesper Lindström trained on his own as the Dane’s workload continues to be monitored. Nils Stendera is taking part in a week’s trial with Regionalliga side Hessen Kassel, and Ragnar Ache is still in Tokyo at the Olympic Games.

Following a 45-minute video analysis, Glasner split the players involved in the session into two groups. The defensive members of the squad were divided into banks of five and worked on certain procedures, including positioning and ball circulation. The group began focusing more on attacking aspects of the game as the session wore on.

Meanwhile, under the watchful eye of assistant coaches Michael Angerschmid and Ronald Brunmayr, the attackers – including summer signing Borré – worked on their finishing. The Colombian is determined to secure a first-team spot as soon as possible. “I’m really happy because we’re working really well. All of us Spanish speakers get on really well. I get on with Gonca, Rodrigo and Fabio. Tuta also speaks a bit of Spanish, so we all get on well. They’re helping me adapt as quickly as possible and I feel comfortable here. We’re a great group with brilliant players”, explained Borré.

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