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Konstantinos Mavropanos has returned to training with Stuttgart after a groin injury ruled him out for their opening Bundesliga game.
Stuttgart got their 20/21 Bundesliga off to a poor start, losing 3- at home to SC Freibug. At least we can’t blame Arsenal’s Mavropanos who missed the game with a groin injury.
He is, however, back in training although there are no details about when he could feature.
Stuttgart’s next game is on 26 September when they travel to Mainz.
It shouldn’t take the Greek defender too long to get up to full match fitness as he was already back in training before August was out.
Konstantinos Mavropanos completed his move to VfB Stuttgart on 16 July, after signing a new contract with Arsenal.
Arsenal announced that Konstantinos Mavropanos signed a new contract with the club following the conclusion of his loan spell at FC Nürnberg before moving out on another loan to VfB Stuttgart.
It wasn’t exactly a surprise move, as rumours strongly linked him to a second loan in Germany and, specifically, a reunion with Sven Mislintat at Stuttgart. The Arsenal contract extension is a boost for the Gunners, though.
With the extension, it’s actually a very smart piece of business. Arsenal protect the 22-year-old’s value, give him the chance to progress in one of Europe’s top-five leagues, and put off a potential permanent sale until next summer when we’re hopeful of a stronger market.
Stuttgart, in particular, make sense as a destination. As mentioned, they have Sven Mislintat as a sporting director, who knows the player well after recruiting him for Arsenal.
“We are very happy that we were able to sign Konstantinos Mavropanos for one season from Arsenal,” Mislintat said. “We’ve known each other since our time together at Arsenal, so I’ve been watching his development for a correspondingly long time.
“Konstantinos is strong in tackling, quick to start and suits us very well with his skills and ambition.”
Stuttgart were in the 2. Bundesliga with Nürnberg this season. They would’ve got a close look at Mavropanos when they scouted potential opponents. So they know what they’re getting and hopefully, they have good plans for him.
Mavropanos excited about ‘new challenge’
After the injuries and all the time on the sidelines waiting for chances with Arsenal, Mavropanos’ career finally seems to be getting going. The loan to Nürnberg went well and now he’s looking forward to another.
“Switching to VfB is a new challenge in my career,” Mavropanos said. “I thank the management and the trainer for the trust they have placed in me. My goal is to return this trust with good performances and to do my part for a successful VfB season.”