The comeback of top striker Christopher Nkunku at the Bundesliga club RB Leipzig is imminent. The French national player is in the Saxon squad for the away game at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday (3.30 p.m.) and can at least hope for a short appearance. “He will be an option, even if not for 90 minutes,” said coach Marco Rose on Friday.
Germany’s footballer of the year tore a knee ligament while preparing for the World Cup in Qatar and has been condemned to watch ever since. “It is nice and important that Christo is back. He simply has a quality that is not often found in the Bundesliga, in Europe and in the world. He makes a very good impression,” said Rose.
Nkunku brings “a lot of components that we don’t have without him. He’s a very complete player and therefore difficult to defend. That helps us, of course,” said Rose, who warned against expectations that were too high: “He was a few months out and will need a bit of time to get back to 100 percent.”
Leipzig’s soaring flight in the Bundesliga had been slowed down a bit after the last two games without a win. “We’re not really satisfied. We’re fighting for our lightness a bit,” said Rose, who warned against Wolfsburg. Coach Niko Kovac’s team has a “clear game idea. It’s a good team with ambitious goals. We need a good performance.”