VfL Bochum: Because Masovic is suspended – Bella-Kotchap beckons a probation chance!

From the stands to the starting XI?

Because Erhan Masovic (23) is canceled because of the 5th yellow card, VfL coach Thomas Reis (48) has to change the central defense on Sunday against Wolfsburg (5.30 p.m. / DAZN).

For Armel Bella-Kotchap (20) THE probation opportunity!

Background: Bochum’s most valuable jewel (5 million euros market value) lost its regular place in October and has only played two league minutes since then. Once the U21 international didn’t even make it into the squad.

But now the defensive hole next to Maxim Leitsch (23), who is fit again after a muscle bundle tear and has his place safely. Only Bella-Kotchap (8 games) and Vasilios Lampropoulos (31/13 games) can be considered as his partner.

BILD learned: The central defenders are in a head-to-head race. Bella-Kotchap, who did not always excel through training, is also in good shape. Reis wants to wait for the remaining units of the week. But if both confirm their shape, Reis should prefer Bella Kotchap – also with a view to the value development.

▶ ︎ There is a decision on another construction site: Cristian Gamboa (32) will probably win the race for the right-back starting place against Herbert Bockhorn (26) to replace Kostas Stafylidis (28 / Corona).


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