Injury News: Eintracht Frankfurt to face Tottenham Hotspur without Ansgar Knauff, Luca Pellegrini, and Jerome Onguene
According to the official UEFA Champions League website, Eintracht Frankfurt will take on Tottenham Hotspur tonight without the services of Ansgar Knauff, Luca Pellegrini, and Jerome Onguene.
Knauff, who joined Frankfurt from Borussia Dortmund in January 2022, has been a regular feature for manager Oliver Glasner, making 13 appearances across competitions this season. The 20-year-old Germany U21 international plays down the flanks.
Apart from him, 23-year-old striker Luca Pellegrini is also unavailable. A shoulder injury will prevent the former Juventus centre-forward from featuring against Spurs tonight. He has played seven matches for his new club but is yet to score this season.
Lucas Alario and Randal Kolo Muani are the two strikers likely to play up front against us. Like Knauff, Onguene is ruled out with an issue in his thigh. The 24-year-old Cameroonian centre-back arrived from RB Salzburg this summer but will play no part in the game tonight.
Evan N’Dicka, Tuta, and 38-year-old Makoto Hasebe, who had a memorable game keeping Harry Kane quiet in Germany earlier this month, are Glasner’s dependable options at the back.
For us, Dejan Kulusevski is out but Lucas Moura will return to the bench, as confirmed by manager Antonio Conte himself. For Frankfurt, the men to watch could be Mario Gotze, who started against VfL Bochum this weekend, and superstar playmaker Daichi Kamada.
Spurs need a win here. A draw won’t be the end of the world but a win is needed against a direct competitor for the last-16 spot. The thing about our group is that each team – including Sporting CP and Olympique de Marseille – would fancy their chances of qualifying.
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This makes things even more unpredictable. A home game against the defending UEFA Europa League champions won’t be the easiest task in the world, but it’s one where fans would want a better result as compared to the drab 0-0 encounter in Frankfurt last week.