1. FC Köln Return to Work from Holiday

It’s the Monday following the Christmas and New Year holiday span, which means many people are dragging themselves back to work for the first time in 2016 following some length of time away.

So, too, did the players and coaches of the 1. FC Köln return to the practice field today.

As our friends at Geissblog.Koeln have reported, new acquisition Filip Mladenovic did not participate in Monday’s team activities. Pending the finalization of some “small details” in the transfer of the left back from BATE Borisov to the effzeh, the Serbian 24-year-old could join his first training with his new club as early as tomorrow.

With Jonas Hector recently saying he would not be interested in considering future destinations for his career until after next summer’s European Championships, it might be assumed that Mladenovic should expect very little use in the second half of the season while serving as insurance for the reliable national-team regular. Coach Peter Stöger, though, dismisses any labeling of Mladenovic (or anyone else, for that matter) as a “back-up player.”

“We need no back-up players,” said the coach Monday. “With us, it’s already been shown that we always want to strengthen our team when we can.”

Geissblog also reports that Stöger expects no further winter transfers into the team.


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