Boost for Borus­sia as play­maker Raf­fael re­cov­ers in time for Celtic

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BORUS­SIA Moenchenglad­bach have been handed a mas­sive fit­ness boost ahead of their home Cham­pi­ons League match against Celtic on Tues­day after star play­maker Raf­fael re­turned to full train­ing.

The 31-year-old was one of nine play­ers ab­sent for the 2-0 win over Stuttgart in the Ger­man Cup on Tues­day as An­dre Schu­bert’s side en­dure an in­jury cri­sis.

How­ever, he took part in train­ing this week and Schu­bert has con­firmed that the Brazil­ian is set to make a wel­come re­turn to their squad for tonight’s Bun­desliga clash against Frank­furt. Bel­gium in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Thor­gan Hazard – brother of Chelsea for­ward Eden – and Ibrahima Traore, mean­while, will miss out this evening but have not been ruled out of the re­turn fix­ture against the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons next week.

“Raf­fael has had his first train­ing ses­sion with the team,” con­firmed Schu­bert. “He could be in the squad on Fri­day.

“Thor­gan Hazard and Ibrahima Traore will def­i­nitely not be avail­able to us against Frank­furt. We do not want to take any risks with both of them.”

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