bundesliga.com previews the 24-year-old FIFA World Cup winner's first outing at the BayArena since leaving the club almost two years ago...
Leverkusen have some catching up to do in the race for a top-four finish after falling two points behind fourth-placed FC Augsburg. FC Bayern's nearest challengers Wolfsburg have a seven-point cushion on the chasing pack and are currently enjoying the longest unbeaten run in the division (eight matches).
Roger Schmidt will have to shuffle his pack after defenders Ömer Toprak and Wendell collected their fifth yellow cards of the season last time out. Tin Jedvaj is still on the fitness trail, so and Sebastian Boenisch are expected to come in. Robbie Kruse is unlikely to play again this season following knee surgery.
Dieter Hecking, by contrast, has no reason to tweak his starting line-up following last weekend's 3-0 win at home to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Ivan Perisic remains sidelined with a gluteal strain, while Xizhe Zhang is still awaiting his first piece of Bundesliga action after leaving his native China during the winter break.
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is in line to make his first start of the year after impressing from the bench on Matchday 20. The South Korean typically gives the Werkself far greater purpose and penetration going forward and could be just the man to reignite his side's push for a place in next season's UEFA Champions League.
Andre Schürrle was nothing short of exceptional on his Wolfsburg debut last weekend, chipping in with two assists and dovetailing to perfection with Kevin De Bruyne. To add a bit of extra spice to proceedings, he returns to the club where he enjoyed two highly successful years before moving to Chelsea FC in summer 2013.
Roger Schmidt (Leverkusen head coach): "We're really up for this one and are capable of beating Wolfsburg at home if we play to our best."
Andre Schürrle (Wolfsburg midfielder): "I had two really good years in Leverkusen and I'm looking forward to seeing the lads again, but for us it's all about the three points."
Leverkusen have picked up four points from a possible nine since the turn of the year, but haven't won on home soil since beating 1. FC Köln on Matchday 13. The Wolves, on the other hand, are unbeaten since losing at Schalke on Matchday 12, although they've only won once on the road in that time.
Wolfsburg ran out 4-1 winners back on Matchday 4 after Leverkusen had Giulio Donati sent off just eight minutes in. Bayer 04 haven't lost a single one of their last nine home games against the Wolves, though, winning six and drawing three.
Leverkusen: Leno - Hilbert, K. Papadopoulos, Spahic, Boenisch - L. Bender, Castro - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Son - Kießling
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Arnold, Luiz Gustavo - D. Caligiuri, De Bruyne, Schürrle - Dost