RB Leipzig will hope to have the influential Emil Forsberg available when they take on Mainz on Saturday seeking to shake off their midweek European disappointment (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Leipzig’s main questions concern the fitness of Forsberg and Dayot Upamecano. The Sweden international missed the midweek UEFA Champions League defeat to Besiktas with a stomach muscle tear while French defender Upamecano sat out the 2-1 loss with a thigh problem. Bernardo, Konrad Laimer, Ibrahima Konate and Yussuf Poulsen could return to the starting line-up as Ralph Hasenüttl’s men seek to make amends for last weekend’s 4-0 humiliation by Hoffenheim.
With Stefan Bell suspended, Mainz boss Sandro Schwarz is poised to rearrange his back line in a bid to end a run of back-to-back defeats. Alexander Hack is likely to replace Bell, while Leon Balogun could also make an appearance if his coach opts to play with a back three or five. Daniel Brosinski and Yoshinori Muto are available after recovering from injury.