Strobl back in training to boost Gladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach

Tobias Strobl has handed a Borussia Monchengladbach a boost ahead of Saturday's derby against Cologne by returning to training following a knee injury.

The influential midfielder has been absent from the Foals side since he picked up the injury in training ahead of the goalless draw against Schalke in mid-August.

However, following a 90-minute work-out with the rest of the first-team, Strobl could be in contention to feature this weekend.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Gladbach from Hoffenheim in summer 2016 following a loan spell at Cologne, said on the club’s website: “It was a good training session and I’m not in any pain anymore.”

There could be an added bonus for coach Marco Rose with French forward Alassane Plea also coming through a training session as he works his way back from a recent calf problem.

Gladbach travel to the RheinEnergieStadion sitting eighth in the embryonic Bundesliga table, with four points from their opening three matches, while Cologne are down in 14th, albeit just a point behind them.