Wolfsburg - VfL Wolfsburg are set to embark on their mid-season tour of South Africa on Sunday, but midfielder Josuha Guilavogui will play no part in the Wolves' eight-day training camp in the Rainbow nation.
The Frenchman, who is currently on loan at the Volkswagen Arena from Club Atletico de Madrid, has been suffering from a groin problem and will remain in Lower Saxony to recuperate ahead of the second half of the campaign. It has not yet been confirmed how long the 24-year-old will be sidelined.
Wolfsburg, one of four sides representing Germany's top flight as part of the
, are due to arrive in Cape Town on Sunday morning. Dieter Hecking's side will play South African top flight outfit Ajax Cape Town on 14 January (kick-off 19:00 local time), before flying on to Port Elizabeth three days later. There they will take part in a "coaches clinic" training session for children from the local township of Uitenhage and the local football federation. The Wolves will round off their tour with another friendly against Chippa United at Port Elizabeth's Wolfson Stadium on 18 January (kick-off 16:00 local time), all proceeds of which will go to the South African Football Federation's Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
"We're delighted to be travelling to South Africa, where we will operate as ambassadors for the Bundesliga and Volkswagen," said sporting director Klaus Allofs. "We'd like to thank the Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH and Volkswagen for their exceptional support and perfect co-operation. The stopover in Port Elizabeth also gives us the opportunity to get involved on a social level there." Head coach Dieter Hecking echoed Allofs' sentiments. "We've had a look at everything and we're highly impressed by the fantastic conditions and the pleasant climate," said the 50-year-old. "This training camp will enable us to prepare as well as we possibly can for the second half of the season." Second-place Wolfsburg's kick-off their second half of the campaign at home to league leaders