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HSV before the top game against Cologne: Hwang reports healthy, Lacroix begins

On Saturday Hwang had increased his individual program, on Sunday he went through everything and convinced Wolf: "He has trained well and is therefore ready for action." But also ready to go? Youngster Arp had trained on the left side in the 3-0 contractions and also played the final unit before the game in the Volkspark in the alleged A-Team. Starting the 18-year-old against Cologne and leaving Hwang as a wild card would be the obvious solution. Wolf also relies on this in central defense: The place of the yellow-red-suspended David Bates is given to Leo Lacroix - a meaningful game for him. Since the 5-0 debacle against Jahn Regensburg, the loan was no longer in the starting line-up, now there is a chance to make amends against top striker Simon Terodde of all people.

At HSV, there is still a question mark behind the use of Vasilije Janjicic. The midfielder was absent from the final training session on Sunday due to an infection. "The course of the night," says Wolf, "will decide whether he will be there or not."

Regardless of the personnel situation, the starting position is before Wolf's home premiere. "There is something to be won," says the new HSV coach and deliberately does not downplay the importance of the game. "It's not about everything, but about a lot, we want to establish ourselves at the front." The place in the sun has been held by city rivals FC St. Pauli since Sunday. A victory in the relegation duel has a double incentive.