Summary

  • Gladbach optimistic of reaching UCL group stage.
  • Bayern's Coman suffers training ground injury.
  • Leverkusen's Schmidt talks stiff competition.

Bundesliga Daily keeps you right up to date with all the important events concerning the 18 Bundesliga clubs. Here's all you need to know from 17 August...

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Foals touch down with tails up

Borussia Mönchengladbach have returned home following their triumphant UEFA Champions League group stage play-off first leg against Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys. The Foals won 3-1 at the Wankdorf Stadium and have every reason to feel confident of finishing the job at the BORUSSIA-PARK next week.

Coman concern

There was a worrying sight for the FC Bayern München camp on Wednesday morning, with France international Kingsley Coman pictured leaving the pitches at Säbener Straße on a stretcher. The 20-year-old was later diagnosed with a capsule ligament injury in his left ankle.

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Consistency the key for Schmidt's Leverkusen

A number of Bundesliga coaches have tipped Bayer 04 Leverkusen to close the gap on defending champions Bayern this season - Hertha Berlin's Pal Dardai has even tipped Die Werkself to win the title - but what does Bayer head coach Roger Schmidt make of it all?

"It's nice to hear when a colleague thinks you're capable of something like that," the 49-year-old said. "Obviously it's not meant as a joke. We know all about the quality we have, but we also know about the quality of the other teams and that the competition is really high. We have to be consistent."

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Durm goes under the knife

Borussia Dortmund are another side expected to push Bayern all the way in 2016/17, after finishing as runners-up last term. Thomas Tuchel's men start their Bundesliga campaign with a home game against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 27 August, but will do so without the services of defender Erik Durm. The 24-year-old is currently recovering from surgery on his injured right knee.

Labbadia crosses fingers for Schipplock

Hamburger SV head coach Bruno Labbadia hopes striker Sven Schipplock will be able to "rediscover his old strengths" after moving to SV Darmstadt 98 on a season-long loan deal.

"Unfortunately it hasn't worked out here how we all thought," Labbadia revealed. "I explained the situation to him [...] He's in the best condition he has been for a year. I hope he has a good season, except against us. Then we'll see what happens."

Hamburger SV's Sven Schipplock (l.) will spend the new season on loan at SV Darmstadt 98.

Hoffenheim's birthday boy

And finally, we would all like to wish TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Steven Zuber a very Happy 25th Birthday! Save us a bit of cake!