Augustin forces way into Leipzig frame


RB Leipzig forward Jean-Kevin Augustin is set to play in the Bundesliga clash against Hamburg on Friday, despite having been suspended from the France Under-21 squad. The 20-year-old was thrown out of the junior France outfit last Saturday by coach Sylvain Ripoll after reacting badly to being substituted in a 1-1 friendly draw with Chile.

However, Augustin was outstanding a fortnight ago when he helped set up two goals in a 4-1 thrashing of Freiburg on his debut after signing from Paris Saint-Germain. Augustin is threatening to usurp Danish international Yussuf Poulsen, who has been a regular since 2013, for Leipzig’s final match before their Champions League debut against Monaco next Wednesday.

Despite his bad behavior on international duty, Augustin could partner Germany striker Timo Werner as last year’s Bundesliga runners-up look to beat Hamburg, who have started the season with two wins.”From the club’s point of view, it was no bad thing that he (Augustin) came back earlier, because he could take part in two extra sessions, which were important for him,” said Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.

“Everything else will be discussed internally.” “He has already taken on board several things which are important for our game,” Hasenhuettl said of Augustin. “He doesn’t switch off after we lose the ball. “And you don’t see him taking breaks, something which isn’t unusual for new arrivals to do.”

Leipzig have a score to settle with Hamburg, after their shock 3-0 victory at the Red Bull Arena in February when the sides last met. Poulsen suffered a leg injury in that match which kept him out for five games, from which his side collected only seven points.

“I feel good when ‘Yussi’ (Poulsen) plays, we might have a luxury problem to solve in the future, but we will need them both,” said Hasenhuettl of his dilemma over whether to pick Augustin or Poulsen, who is back from another injury.


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