Limassol - Borussia Mönchengladbach can move a step closer to the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League with a positive result against Group A rivals Apollon Limassol FC on Thursday (kick-off 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 CET). previews the in-form Foals' latest European test...

Gladbach's 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions includes five outings in this season's Europa League. Lucien Favre's men trail Group A leaders Villarreal by two points after three games and sit as many clear of third-placed Limassol.

First-team trio Rachid Hamdani, Jan Rezek (1r.) and Guie Gneki Abraham are major doubts. Nicolae Grigore, Joao Paulo, Fotis Papoulis and Camel Meriem are all vying for a starting berth should Ioan Andone be forced to make any changes.

Germany international striker (pictured) has been ruled out after picking up a thigh injury in Sunday's 3-1 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Granit Xhaka also misses out, with Havard Nordtveit set to continue in front of the back four and Branimir Hrgota likely to start up top.

Fotis Papoulis netted the first goal of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage, nine minutes into Apollon's 3-2 win against FC Zürich on Matchday 1. The Greek forward was also on target in the play-offs and has scored twice in seven league outings this term.

After taking in the final three minutes of the Foals' deserved win against Hoffenheim, is expected to start in Cyprus. The Guinean international scored twice in the reverse fixture two weeks ago and will once again be looking to use his searing pace to good effect at the GSP Stadium.

, Gladbach goalkeeper: "We know they're an awkward team to play, but we've prepared well. We want to build on our last performance. Our goal is to get out of the group."

Gladbach have taken a point off FC Bayern München and beaten Hoffenheim since their last European assignment against Limassol. The Cypriots responded to that resounding 5-0 with back-to-back league wins, but have won just one of their three Europa League games so far this season.

Branimir Hrgota and Patrick Herrmann joined Traore on the scoresheet at the Borussia Park on Matchday 3, with Gladbach still to concede in five European outings against Cypriot opposition (W4, D1).

Possible line-ups:

Apollon: Vale - Mulder, Angeli, Merkis, Robert - Sangoy, Gullon, Joao Paulo, Lopez - Papoulis, Meriem

Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Stranzl, Jantschke, Wendt - Traore, Kramer, Nordtveit, Hazard - Raffael, Hrgota