Stuttgarter Kickers: Mustafa Ünal is spoiled for choice – football

Midfielder Lukas Kiefer is back in Kickers training – is the ex-Ulmer enough for a place in the team against Neckarsulm? Photo: Baumann/Volker Müller


Mustafa Ünal has his whole team for the first time at the beginning of the week. Goalkeeper Ramon Castellucci also trained with Stuttgarter Kickers ahead of the Oberliga opener at home to Sport-Union Nekarsulm – but it is questionable whether he will play.

That’s the way the coach likes it. For the first time this season, all men from the Stuttgarter Kickers team were on the ball during team training at the beginning of the week, the competition between the Blues was correspondingly high. You can also call it a luxury issue, with coach Mustafa Ünal facing Sport-Union Neckarsulm in an Oberliga home game this Saturday (2 pm / Gazi Stadium).

It is still unclear if midfielder Lukas Kiefer will be included in the squad after surviving a metatarsal injury (suffered on August 9 in the WFV Cup second round game at VfL Nagold). The same question arises with Ramon Castellucci. The goalkeeper has trained again after his elbow infection, but the coaching staff will only decide on the assignment after further stress tests at the weekend. It is quite possible that his representative David Nrcea-Bisinger will also be between the posts in the sixth game in a row. Incidentally, Castellucci received a third medical opinion in Hamburg due to his injury. Although the 25-year-old can train again, the operation will be necessary, but the date of the operation is still open.

There won’t be much change up front compared to the previous 5-1 win at newly promoted FSV Hollenbach. In all probability, David Braig (four goals this season) will move back to the center of the attack, while top scorer Kevin Dicklhuber (seven goals this season) will come out from deep again. Striker David Nieland, who scored the first goal in Hollenbach after being substituted, has to wait for his debut in the top league. Especially since he could not train on Wednesday and Thursday due to illness. “David still needs time, he has to work diligently and hard to move on,” Ünal said.

The last meeting between Kickers and Neckarsulm ended last April in Unterland with 7:0 (6:0) for Kickers. “Obviously we want to do better,” New League coach Walter Thomae said. Kickers also showed that in the DFB Cup against the second division SpVgg Greuther Fürth. We want the best possible result.” Like the Kickers – who want to defend their lead in the table with a full bar .



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