Last night, goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi finally made his return to the RB Leipzig starting lineup after 357 days out injured.
His last appearance for the club was on the 5th October against Celtic, where he tore his ACL.
The Hungarian’s return was a busy one as Leipzig made the game very difficult for themselves by just edging past SV Wehen Wiesbaden in a 3-2 victory to advance to the next round of the DFB Pokal.
Gulácsi produced five saves for his side and played a big part in helping his team progress to the next round.
His performance left a great impression on head coach, Marco Rose.
“It was a special moment for him and we’re happy for him that he’s back after a difficult time with setbacks during the injury,” said Rose. “He was very emotional, even in the dressing room.
“He was there in one or two dicey situations, but it was a good first step back to old strength.”
With the 33-year-old still gaining match sharpness, he will be set to make way for Janis Blaswich to start the match in the Bundesliga on Saturday against the league leaders, Bayern Munich.
“I still have several steps to go,” said Gulácsi.
The draw for the next round of the DFB Pokal will take place on Sunday 1st October with Leipzig looking to retain their title this season.
GGFN | Matthew Gritton