Magdeburg has to do without Brünker in the top game

The Magdeburg compulsory break has ended. Coach Christian Titz was able to gain a positive impression in the past few days. However, there was also a failure to report for the top game against Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.

Canceled for the time being: Kai Brünker (left).

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After there had been 13 positive corona cases in the team as well as the coaching and supervisory staff last Wednesday, the quarantine was lifted on Monday after negative PCR tests. In the evening, coach Christian Titz asked his protégés under floodlights for their first training after the one-week compulsory break. The players are like horses from the racing stable who want to go back to the racetrack, says sports director Otmar Schork.

The top game on Saturday against Eintracht Braunschweig can go on according to plan. The last few days have been positive, Titz reported at the press conference on Thursday. The players who tested positive were constantly under medical care and extensively examined in order not to take any risks.

Brünker suffers a ruptured muscle fiber

Only Kai Brünker’s return to work didn’t go that well. The 27-year-old striker tore a muscle fiber in his hip flexor during training on Monday when he shot and is therefore out for the time being. “It’s a shame because he was in good shape and would have helped us a lot,” said Titz. The use of Florian Kath is still questionable, while captain Tobias Müller has to serve the last game of his red card suspension. On the other hand, Raphael Obermair, Alexander Bittroff and Maximilian Franzke are ready for action again.

No victory against Braunschweig yet

“Braunschweig scored well, is consistent in the duel and in the approach behavior. In addition, they are physically very strong, dangerous in the switch game and are rightly at the top of the table,” said Titz about the game against the aspiring fourth.

Against Braunschweig, Magdeburg could never win in the previous six matches in the Regionalliga Nord or 3rd division with three draws. That is now to be changed, even if the ultras want to stop their vocal support again according to an announcement made at the beginning of the week.

2G at Magdeburg home games

17,300 tickets have been sold to date, including 2,000 to Braunschweig. But it is uncertain whether that many viewers will actually come. Because it was not until Wednesday that the city’s health department ordered that the FCM must play its home games in the next few weeks in compliance with the 2G rule. Accordingly, on Saturday in the game against Eintracht Braunschweig only spectators who are fully vaccinated or have recovered can enter the stadium. Young people and children under the age of 18 are exempt from the regulation.

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