Maccabi Tel Aviv will take off this morning (Wednesday) for Podgorica in Montenegro, ahead of the away game against the local Sotiska in the second qualifying round of the Conference League. The game on Thursday will take place at the DG Arena Stadium in Podgorica, with about 4,500 seats. This is not Sotyska’s regular home stadium and due to the corona restrictions, entry will only be allowed to a few hundred spectators. The Yellows are expected to land in Montenegro this afternoon, when tonight will be the official press conference ahead of the game followed by the concluding training session, at the stadium where the game will be held.
The team heard a big sigh of relief last night after the results of the second corona test round were held, in which it became clear that with the exception of captain Sharan Yeni, who turned out to be positive in the first test round, the other players were found negative. Yeni, who is currently in solitary confinement, will also miss the Champions League game against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday against Sami Ofer, as well as the rematch against the Montenegrins next Thursday in Bloomfield.
Professionally, coach Patrick Van Leven can be encouraged that Enrique Saborit, Eden Kartzev and Dan Glazer, who are recovering from injuries, completed another full training session yesterday and all three are strong in the squad picture for Thursday. The one who is expected to open between the posts is the young goalkeeper Daniel Peretz, while the Greek Andreas Janiotis, who is included in the squad, will serve as the second goalkeeper.
First goalkeeper Daniel Tennenbaum, who is suffering from a back strain and will be out of the game, showed signs of progress last night and it seems that there has been another improvement in the injury situation. Tennenbaum has already increased the pace of his training and even conducted a light practice with Dennis Hantnar, the team’s goalkeeping coach.