Xabi Alonso does not expect to have Patrik Schick at his disposal when Bayer Leverkusen take on Gladbach in their first Bundesliga game of 2023.
Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso assumes that Patrik Schick will not be fit for the Bundesliga restart.
The Czech international is sidelined with adductor problems and he is unlikely to be fit in time for Leverkusen’s 2023 Bundesliga opener against Borussia Mönchengladbach on January 22.
“It will be difficult. Normally, he won’t be there. He needs more time. Patrik feels better. But he is not fit to train at the moment,” Alonso told reporters.
“Of course Patrik is important to us. We have to be patient and wait. Injuries are part of the game. We hope he will be fit soon.”
As for who could replace Schick, Alonso said:
“We have Sardar [Azmoun]. For him, it’s his usual position. We also have Adam Hložek, who plays the role well and helps the team a lot when he plays there. It’s not his ideal position, but he does well there,” he said. Alonso-