Sinsheim (AP) – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will also have to do without striker Andrej Kramaric for the Europa League opener on Thursday (9 p.m. / Nitro and DAZN) against Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade.

Just like Kasim Adams, who also tested positive for the corona virus last week, the Croat is still in quarantine for an uncertain time. This also applies to Pavel Kaderabek, who has a business in the family.

Coach Sebastian Hoeneß could not say anything about the duration of the quarantine. “The boys will be tested, it depends on how these tests go,” said the 38-year-old. He spoke to them on the phone, “They’re okay, they’re symptom-free.” Furthermore, the injured defenders Benjamin Hübner and Ermin Bicakcic are still out.

After the preliminary round in 2017 in the Europa League and a year later in the Champions League, the Kraichgauer wants to spend the winter on the international stage under head coach Julian Nagelsmann. “We want to survive the group stage, that’s our big goal. A victory over Roter Stern would be important,” said Hoeneß before the match without spectators in the Sinsheim Stadium.

Other group opponents are KAA Gent from Belgium and FC Slovan Liberec from the Czech Republic. TSG has scored in all 14 European Cup matches so far, but won only one match: 3-1 three years ago against Istanbul Basaksehir.

The likely lineups:

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann – Posch, Vogt, Akpoguma – Rudy, Samassekou, Grillitsch, Skov – Baumgartner – Bebou, Dabbur

Red Star Belgrade: Borjan – Rodic, Degenek, Erkaovic, Gobeljic – Katai, Nicolic, Fardou Ben, Sanogo, Gavric – Falcinelli

Referee: Hernández (Spain)

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