Defender Christopher Lenz is out


Dhe question of how he should form the defense drives Oliver Glasner for almost three months. Since Wednesday, the urgency with which he has to look for answers has increased further: Due to the absence of Christopher Lenz, who stayed injured in the dressing room against Sporting at half-time, the Eintracht coach is faced with the difficulty that he is slowly but surely run out of alternatives to occupy the defensive line in front of keeper Kevin Trapp in such a way that it can be said with a clear conscience that it meets first-class requirements.

Lenz, who was recruited from Union Berlin a year ago, has been absent for around 150 days due to physical malaise; now he felt a "stab in his thigh", as Glasner reported. Investigations revealed a “small tear in the fascia”. The coach assumes that the 27-year-old will be out until the end of September. He is after Almamy Touré (tendon rupture in the thigh) and Sebastian Rode (thigh strain) the next professional who, under different conditions, this Saturday (3:30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at Sky) against Wolfsburg would have been a candidate for the starting lineup.

Lenz was the first choice on the left post in the back four. At the from Juventus Luca Pellegrini, who came in and replaced him against Lisbon from the 46th minute, gave the impression that he was far from having the necessary fitness to properly do justice to the running intensity that is required at this point.

Chain of three without Hinteregger

So the part of Glasner's team that is primarily responsible for defending their own terrain presents itself as a major construction site Martin Hinteregger on June 24, to retire early, still has an effect today. So the previous plan had to be thrown overboard, which after the triumph in the Europa League aimed at maintaining the three-man chain with the Carinthian in the middle; Evan Ndicka and Tuta were planned on his right and left side, with Ansgar Knauff or Almamy Touré and Filip Kostić on the wings.



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