Max Kruse trains with goalkeepers at VfL Wolfsburg

Nand so nesting boxes. Bundesliga football is allowed Max Kruse no longer play at VfL Wolfsburg, but the club's best-known player has been back at least marginally in almost everything else since Tuesday. During training in the morning, he was sometimes sent to goalkeeper practice. In the early afternoon he then supported a special social commitment by VfL.

Once a year, the players work on selected projects in the region. Some shared the food in the Wolfsburg hospital, others beautified the outdoor area of ​​a day care center. Kruse belonged together with national striker Alexandra Popp and Croatian newcomer Bartol Franjic to the group, who built a fence and nesting boxes for birds in a veterinary practice in the small town of Bokelberge in the Gifhorn district.

VfL and the former national player have been in a kind of limbo since the coach Niko Kovac and the sporting directors informed him the day before the 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt that he would no longer play a game for the club with immediate effect. He is not allowed to change within Germany or to another top league until the winter. Kruse does not want to go to Greece or Saudi Arabia. And negotiations about triggering his contract, which is valid up to and including summer 2023, cannot be concluded in a few minutes either, because it is about a million-dollar settlement.

Retribution from Kovac

So the 34-year-old is still formally part of the team and therefore has the right to take part in this team's training sessions. Training manager Kovac quickly made it clear on Tuesday that he was only a marginal figure there. Kruse was allowed to complete the warm-up exercises and the final program with everyone else. Game forms and tactical content, on the other hand, are not. During this time he was the only outfield player to help with goalkeeper training - and that in front of numerous media representatives who had come mainly because of him.

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