Lukas Nmecha traveled to Portugal with his Wolfsburg teammates for their winter training camp but the 24-year-old will have to remain patient for his comeback after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation.
The plan was to be fit enough to return against Freiburg on January 21 when the Bundesliga resumes but an illness disrupted his comeback plan. “That threw him back a bit,” said Niko Kovač.
Kovač remains optimistic that Nmecha will be available during the first few games when the Bundesliga returns at the end of the month but as of now, it’s unlikely that the German will train in Portugal.
Nmecha was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a partial rupture to his patellar tendon in November and speaking last month, he said that everything was on schedule and that he wouldn’t miss another Bundesliga game – but that no longer appears to be the case.
Kovač stated that Nmecha would have to remain patient as it’s a difficult injury to come back from, which is bitter for the youngster who has played in 12 of Wolfsburg’s 15 games this season, scoring four and creating one.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder