icons dumped, new faces in selection


AA Gent profiles itself as the main challenger for the title, but just like top favorite Club Brugge, the Buffalos started with a slippery slope. The defeat on a visit against STVV must therefore be rectified in-house on Saturday against the first at the rear, KV Kortrijk.

Although with Nurio Fortuna and Alexandre De Bruyn two pawns of the solid transfer offensive in the Ghelamco Arena have been out of action for a while, there is no room for Nana Asare and Brecht Dejaegere in the wide selection of Jess Thorup. At his weekly press conference, the Danish coach clarifies that the two club icons, which together account for more than 500 performances in a Blue-White shirt, are no longer expected. Thorup therefore hopes for a solution for the duo as soon as possible.

Whoever does make an appearance among the 23 names is summer acquisition Tim Kleindienst. The German target man did not arrive completely fit in Ghent, but now seems ready for the service. Just like Giorgi Chakvetadze, by the way, in the long run still the deadly successor to Jonathan David. “They will both resume group training this week and have not experienced any inconvenience so far. On Friday we will consider whether they are available, but I am already happy with their progress”, said Thorup.

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