Potential replacements for both players – Kristijan Jakic and Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe – are, per Glasner, still fit and ready.
Glasner specifically noted at his Thursday presser that Lenz had played in the back-three late in last year’s Europa League Final. Glasner will also get Tuta back from suspension. If need be, makeshift center-halve Kristijan Jakic is still ready to go after some light injury issues this week. Mario Götze’s suspension shouldn’t be a problem as Daichi Kamada can easily slot into attack.
When it came to one of his returning players, Glasner was pleased to reflect upon the comeback of right wingback/central midfielder Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe off the bench last week after a long injury layoff. The PSG loanee has never played in Max’s position on the left-rail, but hadn’t served as a right wingback either until Glasner opted to use him in such a capacity earlier this season.
Glasner revealed that he was considering a start for Ebimbe, though the 22-year-old certainly wouldn’t be fully fit for a full 90 minutes of action. Current RWB starter Aurelio Buta is also naturally a right-sided player. So too, however, was Knauff until Glasner began to use him on the left this season.