Amidst the celebration of the 8:0 win against the SpVgg Ingelheim in the last friendly of the pre-season on Tuesday evening by Mainz, there was also some sobering news: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting left the match after only 30 minutes due to hip problems. On Wednesday afternoon it was confirmed that, the forward who had a great pre-season scoring four goals, would have to delay his season start due to a muscle injury.
Frustrating for Choupo-Moting who is itching to make a return to the Bundesliga after a long absence due to injury. The Mainz coaching staff has continually emphasized how important the Cameroonian-German is to the squad.
Head Coach Tuchel had this to say: “Of course it’s frustrating, but he had some light muscle problems before the match in Cologne. It is normal that players to want to come back as quickly as possible after a long injury absence, but we all have to be patient. We always knew that he couldn’t immediately come back at 100%. This injury is also normal after a long injury absence.”
Eric saved his team from blushes last Saturday by scoring the second goal in a 2-1 victory over S. C. Fortuna Koln.