Under difficult conditions, VfB Stuttgart will continue preparing for the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Monday. Not only the international matches, but also the recent corona cases are messing up the new training week.
Stuttgart – The new week begins for the football professionals of the VfB Stuttgart no different than for schoolchildren or kindergarten children: with a corona rapid test. The difference: the kickers were allowed to sleep in on Monday – after the weekend off, VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo does not ask for the next training session until 5 p.m.
Not only will the national players who are in action with their respective home countries be missing, but also those four professionals whose corona tests were positive in the past few weeks. Waldemar Anton, Erik Thommy, Fabian Bredlow and Roberto Massimo are in domestic isolation.
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According to official regulations, they have to remain in quarantine for 14 days if they are not vaccinated – otherwise, depending on the course, a faster return is possible. The VfB does not provide any information about this, but everything indicates that at least Bredlow was infected despite double vaccinations. After all, VfB’s substitute goalkeeper was in action in a test match against FC Barcelona at the end of July, in which all non-vaccinated players were left outside as a precautionary measure due to previous corona cases.
Regardless of this, the four new positive cases now ensure that the VfB has reinforced the protective measures (on a voluntary basis) again. The test frequency has been increased and the contact between the players outside the training field has been minimized. There is currently no moving and eating together, showering is no longer in the cabin if possible, but at home.
Not only because of such consequences, but also with a view to the role model function of the players, the outgoing DFL boss Christian Seifert has again emphatically spoken out in favor of vaccinating football professionals. You have “a professional responsibility to yourself and your body. You earn money with your body – and quite a lot, ”said Seifert on“ Bild-Live ”. In this respect he has “little understanding for not being vaccinated”. According to his statement, the vaccination rate in the Bundesliga, including the trainers and supervisors, is now 94 percent.