At FC Wacker everyone is on board, a debut could be scheduled in Wattens and at Wacker II you are happy about a “long runner”.
Innsbruck, Wattens – “Everything fit, everything on board”, said Wacker coach Karl Daxbacher yesterday. That fits, because after the international break is before the Bundesliga. FC Wacker will be giving a guest performance at Wolfsberger AC.
After last week’s training incentives were set, the preparation for the Carinthians (“They have absolute quality”) is already running hot. The last one was tested at the SPG Mieminger Plateau (12:1). Patrik Eler was one of those who really increased his self-confidence with four goals. But on Sunday the Slovenian, who scored his last compulsory goal in the French Cup on 25 October 2017, almost a year ago, will probably have to line up behind Zlatko Dedic.
“In the half hour he played against Hartberg, you could see that he had to push his physical limits,” Daxbacher explains, which is also due to a muscle fibre tear in the preparation. That’s why the joker role is more appropriate at the moment. Especially since fellow countryman Dedic is doubly valuable for the team with his work ethic. “But Patrik will get his chance.” Just as Dominik Baumgartner, who serves in Innsbruck this afternoon after his appearances in the U21 national team, has done recently.
It will be serious again in the 2nd league for the WSG Wattens, when Wiener Neustadt will guest in the Gernot Long Stadium. After the team got three days off after the 2:2 in Kapfenberg, intensive training and internal testing were carried out. Felix Adjei was the first to wear the WSG dress. “Felix and also Ione Cabrera are fully in training and are certainly a topic for Friday”, sports manager Stefan Köck confirms. “But Clemens Walch wants to “take no risks yet”. “He works intensively with physiotherapists,” says Köck. “We have a strong squad and will be able to compensate for that.” It will definitely need that against Wiener Neustadt. “They are very compact and have a Hamdi Salihi weapon at the front,” says Köck. The Lower Austrians recently won Wacker II at the Tivoli.
Speaking of Wacker foals. This time the Grumser team is in action and is already burning for the home game against Vorwärts Steyr. Especially one who has not only once been badly affected by his (injury) fate. “Football is fun again”, says Simon Pirkl, who has found his place on the left defensive side and has been on the field every 540 minutes in the league. Last season, the cruciate ligament broke for a third time during his loan in Lustenau, this time the 21-year-old opted for conservative therapy and thus against an operation – apparently the right decision: “The knee doesn’t cause any problems”. Bingo Fabulous is full of fantastic promotions.
Wacker II also had few problems with the transition from the West League to the 2nd League. “The quality of the training is high. We are on the right track and can beat any opponent of the league.” The proof should be on Saturday against Steyr in the Tivoli.