- Dragovic out for Leverkusen.
- Bender, Kießling and Volland potentially available.
- Stomach bug could delay Kolodziejczak debut for Gladbach.
Official Fantasy Bundesliga Managers take note: bundesliga.com is on hand to provide likely line-ups as well as injury and suspension news ahead of Matchday 18.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Borussia Mönchengladbach (Friday, 18:30CET)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen centre back Jonathan Tah should deputise for Aleksandar Dragovic against Borussia Mönchengladbach as the home side look to build on their 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin. Austrian international Dragovic has not recovered from the tendon problem that forced him off after only eight minutes of last Sunday’s match.
Midfielder Lars Bender has returned to training and attacker Kevin Volland is over the back problem that saw him skip the Hertha game. Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt is hoping that another forward, Stefan Kießling, will also be at his disposal. However, Chilean playmaker Charles Aranguiz is unlikely to be involved again due to injury.
Watch: Highlights of Leverkusen's win against Hertha on Matchday 17:
Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking has said it would be fair to start with the same 11 that took the field in his first match in charge - a 0-0 draw at SV Darmstadt 98 on Matchday 17. However, he also added that the quality in Leverkusen’s line-up could necessitate a rethink.
Six players remain out but US international Fabian Johnson and Swiss attacker Josip Drmic trained fully this week. New signing Timothee Kolodziejczak has had a bug though, so the former Sevilla defender could have to wait another week to make his debut for the Foals.
Watch: Highlights of Gladbach's draw at Darmstadt on Matchday 17:
Leverkusen possible line-up: Leno – Henrichs, Toprak, Tah, Wendell - Bellarabi, Baumgartlinger, Kampl, Calhanoglu – Brandt, Chicharito.
Absentees: Dragovic (thigh)
Coach: Roger Schmidt
Mönchengladbach possible line-up: Sommer – Jantschke, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wendt – Kramer, Dahoud, Hazard, Stindl, Hofmann – Raffael.
Absentees: Strobl (pelvis), Doucore (muscle tear), Hermann (ankle), Traore (groin), Schulz (pulled muscle), Elvedi (pelvis)
Coach: Dieter Hecking