Augsburg striker Raul Bobadilla and midfielder Markus Feulner have both been ruled out of the Europa League last-32 second leg against Liverpool at Anfield. Both players started the goalless draw in the first game but are sidelined for the return match with injuries.
Bobadilla, who was replaced by Caiuby da Silva after 23 minutes of the 0-0 draw at the WWK Arena, suffered an unspecified muscle tear during the game and will not recover in time for the game, while Feulner has undergone surgery on a broken cheekbone. The former Germany Under-21 international picked up the blow during the win over Hannover and despite playing the full 90 minutes against the Reds will be unavailable for selection.
The duo join long-term injury victims Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and Daniel Baier while Jeong-Ho Hong, Piotr Trochowski, and Jan Moravek are all out. Liverpool are unchanged with Dejan Lovren missing out again, this time through illness.
An Augsburg statement read: "Alongside long-term injured players Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and Daniel Baier, the likes of Jeong-Ho Hong, Piotr Trochowski, Raul Bobadilla and Jan Moravek are currently sidelined.
"Following the 1-0 win against Hannover this weekend, one more player has joined that list. Midfielder Markus Feulner broke his cheekbone in a coming together. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, ruling him out of Markus Weinzierl's team for the next few weeks."
The 34-year-old Feulner added: "It's annoying that I will miss out on the Liverpool game and the league in the near future. Above all, I hope the operation goes well and that I will be able to get back into the team quickly."
Though few of Augsburg's players will have experienced an atmosphere akin to Anfield, one man who can give the current squad an insight into what to expect is current sporting director Stefan Reuter. The 1990 World Cup winner played for Borussia Dortmund at Liverpool in the Champions League in 2001, with his side losing 2-0, and he admits his team are in for "a fantastic experience".
"It's a game the lads can certainly get excited about," he told the club's official website. "Playing at Anfield is a fantastic experience. We want to play with a certain level of respect, but we also need to be confident and needn't shy away from the task. After all, we showed in the first leg that we more than have a chance, despite being the underdogs.
" We know that our chances would improve dramatically with an away goal, because then Liverpool will have to score at least two in order to progress. However, we're well aware that it will be very difficult to beat them at home with their fans right behind them."